Haggai

Haggai 2:4 - 9

Vs4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: Vs5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.

Haggai 2:4 - 9

Vs6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; Vs7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. Vs8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

Haggai 2:4 - 9

Vs9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

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His Unfailing Presence Vs 4 His Unchanging Promises Vs 5 His Unlimited Power Vs 6-7 His Unending Provision – Vs 8

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5. His Unique Plan – Vs 6 6. His Universal Peace Vs 9 7. His Ultimate Glory Vs 7-9

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1. His Unfailing (Abiding) Presence - Vs 4
…. for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:  Moses to Joshua:  God to Joshua  People to Joshua  Joshua to people

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 Ex 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  Bears us like an eagle  Carries us like a shepherd.  Bears and leads by hand as a father  From Belly to old age; until death and receive us in glory

Encouragement P r 2. His Unchanging (Ageless) Promises – Vs 5 o … According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, m  When ye came out of Egypt?? i  At Sinai it was a conditional covenant. But to Abraham it was an unconditional promise. s e  The forgiveness for transgression was based on the covenant made with Abraham. s

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Encouragement Jer 31:31 a new covenant 34 …….. for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Heb 10:5 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Lk 24:49 the promise of my Father upon you

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Encouragement Deut 7:9,12 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

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Encouragement Josh 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. Josh 23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

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Encouragement The 7 ‘I will’ in Ex 6:6 – 8 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

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Encouragement Ex 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD. Jer Ch. 31& 32 New Covenant ‘I will’s I will built, gather, cause you to walk, turn your mourning to joy, satisfy you, show mercy, make new covenant, forgive iniquity, not remember your sins, write the law in your heart, bring you

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Encouragement The ‘I will’ saying of Lord Jesus Christ. 1) Mt 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 2) Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 3) Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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4) Jn 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 5) Jn 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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6) Jn 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it 7) Jn 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

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Encouragement 2Pet 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: ….. 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; 2Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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3. His Unlimited (Almighty) Power Vs 6-7

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The strength of our enemies are always a cause for discouragement. Ezr 4:23 Enemy came and made them to stop the work by force and power. They were only a small force and how could they stand against the enemy.

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Encouragement 1Sam 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. Judges 7 Gideon - A multitude of Midian army like grasshoppers and multitude of camels surrounding them.

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Gideon had 22,000 men, then 10,000 God reduces to just 300. It is His strength on which we need to rely on and not our own. Jud 7:2 ….. lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Josh 7 Battle with Ai – they first went with 3000 Lost due to sin yet went again with 35000 men

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Encouragement Hezekiah to his people on Sennacherib threat. 2Ch 32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: V8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

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2Chro 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

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Ps 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Ps 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

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Encouragement Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Eph 6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God … Rom 8:30 ….. If God be for us, who can be against us?

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Encouragement Mt 28:18 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. If he has to shake, he will! the heaven, earth, land and sea and the nations. Ac 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be .. 1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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Encouragement 4. His Unending (Abounding) Provision – Vs 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.  Why the reference to gold and silver?  Are you discouraged that earlier temple had so much of the gold & silver & you have little.  If that’s all I wanted then I can fill this place because God says silver is mine & gold is mine.

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Encouragement Job 41:11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. Ps 50:10-12 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

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 But that’s not what the Lord wants.  The Lord would not ask you to build His house without providing the provisions to build.  He is not a taskmaster like Pharaoh of old.  He said go up the mount and bring wood and build.  His provisions were ready and plenty;

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 Where did the provisions come for the tabernacle which Moses built?  When they built the provisions were ready  Where did the materials come from or the temple which Solomon built?  When Solomon began the provisions were already made ready by David. 1Chro 22

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 His provision are abundant  Ex 36:6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.

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Encouragement Be not anxious even of what you shall speak, when they will question you He said all that is required will be provided at the appropriate time. It is not just silver and gold but far more precious. Ac 1:8 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me ….

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 2Tim 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  In Eph 1:7 & 2:7 – “Riches of his grace” & “exceeding riches of his grace”  His Provisions are abounding & overflowing.

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 Rom 5:20 …. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound  2Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good

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Encouragement God expect us to build His house. In this age he wants us to built his house with no less than silver and gold. He expects the inward glory of the church to exceed the outward glory of the temple of old. He supplies all the provisions and expects us to convert them into gold, silver and precious stones. 1Cor 3:12 Let everyman take heed how he builds

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