I. HOOK: Introduction
!! A. Attention Getter
1. Explain my time in Iraq
2. Show some photos of Ur and Babylon
!! B. Surface a need
1. Ask a question about vacation.
Have each person explain their idea of a vacation.
*What is your idea of a vacation?***
b. Summarize that we usually like to ‘get away from it all’.
2. Define the problem in relation to God’s Word.
a. What usually seems to happen to your Spiritual Life during vacation?
ß *What can be a big temptation to us during this time ‘away from it all’?
b. ‘Getting away from it all’ many times means we also get away from our relationship with God.
*Do we sometimes try to take a ‘vacation’ from God without a vacation?*
3. Define what needs to take place to replace our earthly tendencies.
God’s Word needs to be heard and understood.
There needs to be a realization of the truth in God’s Words.
c. Action should be taken on God’s Word.
!! C. Lesson Aim
!!!! BIG IDEA: We need to stay faithful to God’s call wherever we may find ourselves in this life.
!! D. Transition to BOOK
!!!! We’re going to look at the ‘freed’ national of Israel that may have gotten too use to a time ‘away from it all’.
Open to the Book of Haggai.
BOOK: Bible Study
!!! A. Be Strong (Haggai 2:1-5)
!!!! 1. Historical Background- Babylonian Exile (Ezr.
\\ 586 BC – Judah conquered and Jews let to exile in Babylon
539 BC – Cyrus of Persia conquers Babylon
538 BC – Release from exile decreed by Cyrus the Great
537 BC – Return of 50,000 with Sheshbazzar
535 BC – Temple construction started, the altar and foundation were built
530 BC – Temple construction halted
521 BC – Darius I becomes king of Persia
520 BC – Haggai & Zechariah begin prophetic ministries
515 BC – Temple completed
| August 29, 520 b.c.
| 1:1–15 |
| October 17, 520 b.c.
| 2:1–9 |
| December 18, 520 b.c.
| 2:10–19 |
| December 18, 520 b.c.
| 2:20–23 |
Lecture on Historical background
Show a historical time line
Stress the amount of time since the temple had been started to the time of the first proclamation (14 years) and make note of the immediate return to work when pushed by Haggai.
*Isn’t that strange how they started without question?
Provoke thinking with this question: *But why does God have to follow up with encouragement in chapter 2?*
Split the class up into groups of two.
Have them look in their Bibles and find a valid reason for the temple’s incomplete work.
If necessary point them to:
· ‘the other reference of Haggai ‘
· Ezra chapters 5 and 6.
!!!! 2. The Call to Courage in the Lord
!! Courage (Haggai 2:1-9)
October 17, 520 BC \\ \\
!!! 1) The building
a) Those who are saddened
2:3 à Ezr.
b) The future temple
2:7-9 à Ezr.
!!! 2) The builder
God is the builder, Hag.
Have two individuals read (call ~/ respond)
3 and Ezr.
7-9 and Ezr.
Vs. 7-9 have a double meaning:
*1)*The adornment of the future temple will be provided by the nations’ wealth.
*The desired of all nations* should probably be understood as a collective noun (”desirable things“ ie- treasures)
*will come,* suggesting that surrounding nations will gladly give up their treasures to adorn the temple in Jerusalem)**
As supported in Ezr.
*2)*The second is a prophesied future temple.
This is debated as to which one it’s referring to.
a) The bodily temple for us today
b) The millennial temple
/“The desire of all nations” is a well know quote to be “the coming of the Messiah”/
\\ However more recent scholars are moving toward a meaning of the millennial kingdom.
Could be easily either one or even both.
!!!! 3. The Call to Cleanness of Life
!! Cleanness (Haggai 2:10-19)
December 18, 520 BC
!!! Holiness ~/ Defilement (vs.
a) The Holy Question (vs. 1) The Holiness from the meat cannot be transferred to anything else.
b) The Defiled Question (vs.
13)The Defilement (uncleanliness) of the dead body can be transferred to objects it touches.
c) This is compared with Israel (vs.
Have two individuals read
Pose the question as to why the students think these two questions were asked.
What is the meaning of them?