by Jim Perdue

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A Sign of Things to Come (4 of 4)
Series: A Call to Action - Haggai
Jim Perdue
Haggai 2:20-23


Tonight, we conclude our sermon series on the OT book of Haggai, A Call to Action. We've been talking about what it means to awaken out of our apathy and put God first in our lives. Today, we'll be in the last few verses of Haggai, 2:20-23, and we'll look at Haggai's fourth and final sermon recorded in this book.

The world is full of pessimists isn't it? You know what a pessimist is, don't you? A pessimist is someone who always sees the negative side of things. Nothing's ever good. The pessimist says ''If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we've solved it!'' A pessimist can hardly wait for the future, so he can look back with regret.

*I read a story about a young paratrooper who was learning to jump. He was given these instructions: First, jump when you are told; second, count to 10 and pull the ripcord; third, in the unlikely event that it doesn't open, pull the second chute open; and fourth, when you get down, a truck will take you back to base. The plane ascended up to the proper height, the men started peeling out, and the young paratrooper jumped when told. He counted to 10 seconds and pulled the cord, but the chute failed to open. He proceeded to the backup plan. The second chute failed to open. ''Just great!'' he said. ''When I get down, I bet the truck won't be there either.''* Talk about a pessimist!

In Haggai I have introduced you to a people who were extremely discouraged and probably a bit pessimistic - maybe for good reason.

They had been conquered by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, and now they are ruled by the Medo-Persian empire. They were allowed to go back to their homeland and rebuild their lives, beginning with the temple, but they failed to put God first. As they began to work on the house of God, Haggai rebuked them once again, reminding them that doing the right things with a wrong heart ...

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