[CF Devotioals] 2004-09-26 - Haggai A Real Hope

Haggai, Part 16 - Introduction to Chapter 2:20-23
Various Passages

"Evidences of the religious outlook of mankind are found wherever man has been able to establish some continuity of habitation. The Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia-Egypt furnishes examples of some of the oldest sacred sites and temples, with Jericho providing one of the oldest, dating from Mesolithic times" (c. 6800 B.C.; Kenyon, Archaeology of the Holy Land, 420). A characteristic feature is the presence of an enclosing wall, setting the area off from its surroundings, this emphasizing the implied superiority and sanctity of the place and its deity. In Egypt, the earliest discernible temple form was a small house similar to that of the worshiper. In front of it was placed the symbol of the god, the whole enclosed by a fence or low wall (Author uknown-we have lost the reference to that source.). In later times, this house was replaced by a large and complex series of courts and halls (viz., Karnak and Luxor temples of the 15th cent. B.C.) inside an enclosing wall, within which were not only the principal deity but also other related and subsidiary deities." (Tenney, Merrill, C., The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Vol. 5, Zondervan Pub lishing House, Grand Rapids, MI 1980, p. 622-623.)

Of course, the difference between these temples and the Temple was that the former were centers of superstition and paganism. The only power may have been due to the involvement of demonic activity. But there was soon to be a new temple on the scene, which would become the center for the manifestation of the one true God's presence on earth, but first …

  1. Future hope Verses 20-23
  2. The Tabernacle
  3. Solomon's Temple
  4. Zerubbabel's Temple
  5. Herod's Temple VI Ezekiel's Temple (The Millennial Temple)

We will look at the last of Haggai's prophecies, the fourth. The first was God's instructions to the returnees to again begin working on the temple. Their lack of commitment to God's directions had led to the withholding of God's blessings. Their priorities had been at odds with God's, and they had been suffering the consequences. As a result of this prophecy, the leaders and the people repented and returned to rebuild God's temple. As a result, Haggai brought a second prophecy: God was with them. Recently we examined the third prophecy, which was one of warning and hope. It was an amalgam, so to speak, of the first two. God reminds the people of where they've been, disobedient and under the hand of God's judgment. He tells them where they are, repentant and back on the job, and as a result, He is with them, and He will bless them. And now comes the fourth and final prophecy from Haggai.

To be continued.

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