Zerubbabel the Lord’s Signet Ring (Haggai 2:20 – 23)

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Haggai 2:20 – 23

1. How much time has elapsed (verse 20; compare chapter 1:1)? How much longer before the job is done (see Ezra 6:15)?

2. In this last oracle, what will happen? When? Why?

3. What biblical events does this  day recall (see Genesis 19:25; Exodus 15:1, 4, 19, 21; Judges 7:22)?

4. What does Haggai say here about God’s power over world governments?

5. What part of your spiritual life has God begun to rebuild? How long will this rebuilding take place?

6. As the son of David and of Zerubbabel (see Matthew 1:1, 12), how is Christ like God’s signet ring (verse 23)? As a follower of Jesus, how are you also like God’s signet ring?

7. From this book, what can you apply to growing your church?

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Blessings For A Defiled People (Haggai 2:10 – 19)

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Haggai 2:10 – 19

1. In your home, what spreads by itself: cleanliness or messes? Give an example.

2. At winter planting time (verse 10), what does Haggai have to say?

3. Consecration does not rub off, but defilement does (verses 10 and 13). What holy work were the people trusting in that would not rub off on their fruitfulness or moral character, much to their chagrin (verses 14ff)?

4. Who is “this people” whom Haggai accuses (verse 14; see Ezra 4:1 – 5)? (With friends like these Samaritans, who needs enemies?)

5. What thematic ties do you see between chapter 2:15 – 19 and chapter 1:10, 11? Between chapter 2:15 – 19 and chapter 2:10 – 14?

6. Since crops have only just been planted (verses 10 and 19), how can Haggai assure Judah of God’s blessing?

7. When have you been tempted to trust in a holy work, as Judah did?

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The Promised Glory of the New House (Haggai 2:1 – 9)

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Haggai 2:1 – 9

1. What great expectations of yours have fallen short?

2. How long have the people been working (chapter 1:15; chapter 2:1)? What have the people been doing during this seventh month (see Leviticus 23:23 – 43)?

3. Why does Haggai now speak?

4. What feelings does Solomon’s temple evoke (verses 3 – 5)? How does God’s command and covenant relate to this?

5. God “shaking heavens, earth . . . nations” refers to what events (verses 6 and 7; see Exodus 8ff; Hebrews 12:26 and 27)?

6. “The desired of all nations” refers to what? When will this be (verses 7ff)?

7. What dreams of yours has shattered recently? Do comparisons with past successes help? How might God be building you into a temple of His glory?

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