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You will find an Introduction and Outline of Haggai, here.

Here is a prayer from the Book of Common Worship to use before reading.

God our helper, by your Holy Spirit, open our minds, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may be led into your truth and taught your will, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I.August 29 1:1-11: The first day of the month was a time for special rituals, but with the Temple in ruins, that was not possible. Zerubbabel was a descendant of David. For some reason, the Temple was not being rebuilt. The text does not tell us if the problem lies with the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua or with the people. God claims that the people’s efforts to provide for themselves are not successful because they have neglected to rebuild the Temple. Haggai speaks to the leaders and to the people. Paneled houses were luxurious houses.

II.September 21, 1:12-15a The leadership and the people respond to the Lord’s words and begin work on the Temple.

III.October 17, 1:15b-2:9 This is during the time of the Festival of the Booths. God promises that this Temple will be more glorious than the first Temple. Verse 3, a person would have been over 70 years old to remember the Temple. Notice the allusion in verse 5 to the Exodus. The shaking of the heavens and earth and sea and dry land and nations are a eschatological image, everything belongs to God and God will fill his house with his glory.

IV.December 18, 2:10-19 Haggai is instructed to ask the priests a question. Priests routinely answered this sort of question. Ritual uncleanliness spreads, like a contagion, but holiness does not spread in this way. What the people have offered is unclean because they are unclean. But on this day (verse 15,18) when the foundations stone of the Temple was laid, the people’s situation will change.

V.December 18, 2:20-23 This is a second word on the same day and it is for Zerubbabel. Again this is an eschatological sort of imagery used here. “Son of Shealtiel” means Zerubbabel stands in the Davidic line. He was the grandson of Jehoiachin the last king of Judah. In the Bible, Kings of Israel are often referred to as servants. The language of the last verse, servant, signet ring, chosen, indicate royal status. Historically we do not know what became of Xerubabbel.

Read More About It:

Here are several good sources to aid your reading of Ezekiel.

Anderson, Bernhard W., Katheryn Pfister Darr, Understanding the Old Testament Abridged fourth Edition. (Upper Saddle River,New Jersey: Prentice Hall) 1998.

March, W Eugene, “Haggai” in The New Interpreter’s Bible Vol 7, Keck, Leander E. ed. (Nashville: Abingdon Press) 1996.

Petersen, David L. “Haggai” in The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version.Coogan, Michael D.; Brettler, Marc Z.; Perkins, Pheme; Newsom, Carol A. (2010-01-20) Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Richards, Kent Harold, “Haggai” in  HarperCollins Bible Commentary Mays, James L. ed.(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco) 2000.

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