Bible Study on the Book of Haggai



The fourth lesson is available for free. This is to get a feel of Haggai and how his message can relate to you.


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I'M DOING IT MY WAY



Lesson 4

Haggai 1:1-2



1. Earlier in this book, we’ve studied the importance of working hard and how God commanded His people to rebuild the temple and the city. After the Lord’s people went back to Jerusalem, who was the King of the Persians, and what prophet did God decide to use as His spokesperson? Haggai 1:1


2. The Lord made a call for His people to return during the reign of King Cyrus officially. Nevertheless, approximately eight to ten years later, the Lord spoke with His people. For context, read the scriptures below and list the issues in Daniel’s prayer. Daniel 9:1-19


3. Sometimes, we often view the Church or a religious organization as perfect in modern-day society. However, there can be difficulties even within a group of people focusing on loving the Lord. How can the prayer of Daniel, as read from question two, apply to aspects of the modern-day church and society?


4. On a personal level, what are issues, problems, addictions, or sins do you want to ask God for help?


5. What did the Lord say that the Israelites claimed? Haggai 1:2


6. God allowed His people to leave exile and start a brand-new life in their homeland. He gave a message through the ruling King to rebuild His house and, of course, the city. Then God gave them time to work. Why do you believe the people said what was listed in the previous question?


7. In what ways can we get the Lord’s message confused and proceed to do our own thing?


8. Paul gave a warning regarding those who knew God but decided to do their own thing. How does Paul characterize these people? Romans 1:21-22


9. What did the people do to the image of God? Romans 1:23


10. Because of how the people conducted themselves, what did God do, and list some of their behaviors? Romans 1:24-32


11. Not all people who decide to go against God’s will are as bad as those listed in the first chapter of Romans. Nevertheless, what lessons can we learn while obeying God and following His commands compared to our own?



JUST A THOUGHT


During Haggai time, the former exiled people decided it was their best interest to do their own thing. God made a decree through the Persian leader to return to Jerusalem and rebuild His temple. The people heard this call, went back to the city, and chose to rebuild their homes and leave God’s house in ruins. The gap in time was roughly eight to ten years when God sent Haggai to inform them of their error and ways. This behavior is not only true then but can happen in the modern-day as well.


God can give His people a call to do something for Him. For churches, it could be helping the community in the best possible way. Individuals might be called to do a specific act, use a talent, or even help a church with its mission for the Lord. Whatever it might be, God has a plan for everyone, and He is setting people to transition from one aspect of their life to a higher calling. Like the ancient Israelites, many of us feel like we’ve been exiled from comfortable living to one of confusion or nightmare. Many organizations, churches, and people might go through a dreadful situation that will cause muddled emotions on rather they’re on the right path. It’s within these dark periods of our life that we learn to listen to God and love Him despite the circumstances. The Lord wants us to fulfill his call, but sometimes we decide to do things our way. In these moments, the Lord has to lay out the truth and, of course, correction.


As you read from this lesson, Paul reminded the people in Rome of the dangers of breaking away from God. Paul was referring to who knew the Lord and had a relationship with Him but chose differently. “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened,” Romans 1:21. From this text, Paul was clear in that the people he was referring to knew about God. The characteristics that follow this statement are usually attributed to people we associate with non-believers, Heathens, worldly, or others who do not have a relationship with God.


Nevertheless, from this scripture, we can see that countless believers know God but do not follow His teaching or words. After verse twenty-one, Paul lists a cornucopia number of sins and defects that plague these pseudo-believers and how they infect others who are willing to hear. The same can go for the modern-day Christian.


Many people in the 21st century know God but do not glorify Him or recognize His authority. They know that God exists and have no problem in stating this fact. Nevertheless, with their actions, they do not represent Him by showing love to others, obey His commands, or use the Bible as a means to bring people to God. Some places use God as a weapon to spread their beliefs but conveniently forget Him when it doesn’t fit their purpose. Often some go to church, listen to songs, give money, and hear a sermon. Then when the question is asked regarding what they learn, there is a blank stare and a response akin to, “I don’t know, but it was a good service.” Think about how this sounds. If you went to a restaurant and someone asked, what did you eat, three minutes after you left, I’m pretty sure you would at least remember something you consumed.


When speaking about those who did not recognize God and Haggai talking to the people not obeying the Lord, Paul enlightened the people of their time to a single fact. Knowing that God exists is important. It’s great knowing that you believe in a Higher power. However, it’s more important to not only believe but obey Him as well. After all, even Satan and his followers believe that God exists but choose disobedience. Does anyone who claims to love God wants to follow in the footsteps of Satan?