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THE DUTY OF BUILDING THE LORD'S HOUSE.
Haggal 1. 2, 4.
Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts : This people say, The time is
not come, the time that the Lord's House should be built. Is it
time for you, 0 ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house
lie waste ?
THE JUDGEMENT ON NEGLECTING TO BUILD THE LORD's House.
HAGGAI I. 5--ll.
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of Hosts : Consider your
ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little. Ye eat, but ye
have not enough. Ye drink ; but ye are not filled with drink. Ye
clothe you ; but there is none warm.
And he that earneth wages,
earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the
Lord of Hosts : Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and
bring wood, and build the House; and I will take pleasure in it;
and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Ye looked for much ; and
lo, it came to little ; and, when ye brought it home, I did blow
upon it. Why, saith the Lord of Hosts. Because of My House,
which is waste ; and ye run every man to his own house. There-
fore the heaven over you is stayed from dew; and the earth is
stayed from her fruit : and I called for a drouth upon the land, and
upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine,
and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the
THE ENCOURAGEMENT TO BUILD THE LORD'S HOUSE.
Haggal 1, 7, 8, 12–14.
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts : Consider your ways. Go up to
the mountain, and bring wood, and build the House ; and I will
take pleasure in it; and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.—Then
Zerubbabel, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of
the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai their prophet ; and
the people did fear before the Lord. Then spake Haggai, the
Lord's messenger, in the Lord's message to the people, saying, I
am with you, saith the Lord. And the Lord stirred up the spirit
of Zerubbabel, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people : and
they came and did work in the House of the Lord of Hosts their
THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE TWO HOUSES.
Haggai 11, 1, 3, 4, 5.
In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month,
came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying,– Who
is left among you that saw this House in her first glory? and how
do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as
nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and
be strong, O Joshua, the highpriest; and be strong, all ye people
of the land, and work : for I am with you, saith the Lord of Hosts.
According to the word that I covenanted with you, when ye came
out of Egypt, so My Spirit remaineth among you : fear ye not.
THE SHAKING OF THE NATIONS.
Haggal 11. 6, 7.
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 sca, and the
dry land ; 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.
THE SUPERIORITY OF THE LATTER HOUSE.
Haggai II. 8, 9.
The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of
Hosts. The glory of this latter House shall be greater than of the
former ; and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of
THE CONTAGION OF EVIL.
Haggai II. 11-14.
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: Ask now the priests concerning
the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment,
. and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any
meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch
any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and
said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai and said : So is
this people, and so is this nation before Me, saith the Lord ; and
so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there
THE BLESSING OF CALAMITIES.
HAGGAI II. 20—23.
Again the word of the Lord came to Haggai in the four and
twentieth day of the month, saying, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor
of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I
will overthrow the thrones of the kingdoms ; and I will destroy the
strength of the kingdoms of the Heathen ; and I will overthrow
the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their
riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In
that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,
My servant, the son of Shealtiel, and will make thee as a signet ;
for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of Hosts.
THE ANGEL'S MESSAGE.
Luke 11. 10, 11.
And the angel said to them, Fear not : for behold I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for to you
is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, who is Christ the
THE ONLY HELPER.
PSALM CXLVI. 5.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope
is in the Lord his God.
LOSS AND GAIN,
PHILIPPIANS III. 8.
I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord.
THE AWFUL ALTERNATIVE.
MATTHEW XII. 30.
He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not
with Me scattereth abroad.
THE SWORD OF THE GOSPEL.
MATTHEW x. 34.
Think not that I came to send peace on earth : I came not to
send peace, but a sword.
THE CHRISTIAN WARFARE.
MATTHEW x, 35, 36.
I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her
mother-in-law ; and a man's foes shall be they of his own
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY LOVE.
Matthew x. 37.
He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of
Me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not
worthy of Me.
THE OBJECT OF LIFE.
ROMANS xiv. 7.
None of us liveth to himself; and no man dieth to himself.