In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Haggai 1,2… we are introduced to the prophet, Haggai.  He writes a short book – of 4 sermons – that was an encouragement to God’s people.

In 538BC, about 50,000 Jews left Babylon and returned to their homeland in Judea to rebuild the temple and restore the nation.  2 years later, the laid the foundation of the temple, but the work was stopped… and did not resume for another 16 years.  It was the preaching of God’s prophets, Haggai & Zechariah, that God the work started again.

Haggai’s 4 sermons could be entitled:

–  Be Honest!  (1:1-15)

–  Be Strong!  (2:1-9)

–  Be Clean!  (2:10-19)

–  Be Encouraged!  (2:20-23)

When God’s work is being neglected, God’s Word being preached by God’s man will get the work started again.

Francis de Sales said, “The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not ‘What a lovely sermon!’ but ‘I will do something!'”

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