Daily Scripture Reading December 20th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
11 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, 2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD's house should be built. 3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? 5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 6 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. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 8 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. 9 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 mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. 10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. 11 And I called for a drought 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 hands. 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD. 13 Then spake Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. 14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, 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 God, 15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
21 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, 2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, 3 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? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: 5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. 6 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 sea, and the dry land; 7 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. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. 10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, 12 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. 13 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. 14 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 is unclean. 15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD: 16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. 17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD. 18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid, consider it. 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you. 20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, 21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; 22 And I will overthrow the throne of 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. 23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.
Haggai 1:1 - 2:23 KJV
111 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 11:1-19 KJV
1391 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:1-24 KJV
3015 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
Proverbs 30:15-16 KJV
WRITER–Haggai was born in Babylon and was the first of the three
prophets of the Restoration, the other two being Zechariah and Malachi.
He was a prophet of great faith and was used of God to weaker the
consciences and stir up the enthusiasm of the Jews to rebuild the
temple. He appeared at a very critical time in the nation’s history,
and it was through the pressure of his faith and prayers and appeals
that the great task was accomplished.
DATES: 536 B. C. Return of exiles under Zerubbabel and Joshua.
535 B. C. Jews attempt to rebuild temple but are discouraged by opposition.
520 B. C. Haggai and Zechariah urge the people to rebuild.
516 B. C. Temple finished and dedicated.
458 B. C. Ezra returns at head of 6,000 more exiles.
445 B. C. Nehemiah returns as governor of Jerusalem and rebuilds city walls.
TIMES OF THE PROPHET–When the Jews returned to their own land from the
70 years exile in Babylon, they were eager to set up again the public
worship of the sanctuary, so at once built the altar of Burnt Offering
upon the old site. Plans were also made for the immediate rebuilding of
the temple, and the foundation stone was laid. When, however, the
jealous, half-caste, semi-pagan Samaritans were refused a part in the
work, they induced the king of Persia to stop the work, and for 15
years nothing was done. The Jews then lost heart, and thought only of
good houses for themselves until Haggai and Zechariah stirred them up
with fiery preaching.
PURPOSE–To show that the building of the Lord’s House should come
before the building of fine homes by the people.
Great Fact I. Call to Rebuild the Temple.
Haggai’s first discourse was delivered on September 1st, 520 B. C. In
it he sternly reproaches the people for not rebuilding the temple, and
warns them to consider their ways, for the delay is not due to a want
of means, Hag 1:4. He assures them that God is withholding crops
from them because of their neglect, Hag 1:10. The effect of his
appeals was that 24 days later the chiefs and all the people began the
good work, Hag 1:14.
1. Hard times are sometimes of God’s sending, and that because of our
indifference to our religious duties, and our self-interest. It is
true that crop failures and trade depression are due to natural
laws, yet the Almighty is behind these laws. Repentance and prayer
are the best remedies for hard times.
2. The building and upkeep of Christian sanctuaries is the urgent duty
of the Lord’s people everywhere. Without them vice and iniquity
would abound. Worship would be a lost art. Men would forget not
only to love God, but also to love their fellows.
3. It is not commendable when the Lord’s people allow their church
building to be dilapidated, as to be unworthy of the great head of
the church, because of poor location, miserable accommodations or
scanty furnishings. It is a noble ambition to make the sanctuary as
convenient and as beautiful as possible. 2Sa 7:2.
Great Fact II. The Glory of the New Temple.
This address is one of encouragement to those who felt that the new
temple would be much poorer than the one Solomon built, The prophet on
the contrary assures them that the glory of the new House shall be much
greater than Solomon’s magnificent temple, for it shall not consist of
riches and jewels as did the glory of the first house, but rather the
presence of Christ, the desire of all nations shall fill this house
with glory. This prophecy was fulfilled by the presentation of Jesus in
the temple 5110 years later, by His teaching therein, by His expulsion
of the traders, and by His miracles in its precincts. Whenever He
entered the temple it was filled with the glory of the Lord.
LESSON–There is but one thing necessary in order that the sanctuary
may be filled with the glory of the Lord, and that is the realized
presence of the divine Redeemer. Without His spiritual presence it
matters not who occupies the pulpit, nor how exquisite the music.
Except He shall meet each waiting soul and bestow His pardon, purity
and love, there will be no hallowed worship, and no gate to heaven. The
divine presence will enlighten our minds and fire our hearts, move our
souls to the very depths, and rouse a great desire for holiness. In
glowing fervour may the glory of the Lord ever come upon us.
Great Fact III. Chastening Because of Neglect.
This third address was delivered three months after work on the temple
had started. In it the prophet explains why the prayers of the people
go unanswered. It is because they have put off so long the completing
of the temple, everything they did was spoiled because of this guilt,
therefore blasting mildew and hail had made the seasons unfruitful. On
the other hand, if they would renew their zeal and press on with the
great work, then the Lord will bless them, and the earth shall yield
LESSON–Providence is God’s care exercised everywhere. That He controls
the outward successes and failures of men’s lives is seen from Psalm
75:7. That He is responsive to our prayers is seen from Mt 6:33
and Php 4:19. At this time the Jews had forgotten that the hand
of God was in their affairs. He therefore took away the prosperity of
their pocketbooks in order that they might get back prosperity for
their souls. A godly man as he was going to take ship for France, broke
his leg, and the ship he would have gone on was wrecked in a storm. By
breaking a bone his life was saved. So the Lord many times breaks our
bones, but it is in order to save our lives and souls forever.
Great Fact IV. The Final Victory.
In this address the prophet tells of the establishing of Christ as the
head of the nation and the representatives of t h e house of David,
when God shall shake or judge the nations, Mt 25:31-32. The
promise contained special blessedness for Zerubbabel, who was the head
of the house of David at that time. That he should be a signet meant
that he should be most precious in the Lord’s sight. No events in
Zerubbabel’s time satisfied this ire-diction which awaits fulfilment in
the Messianic age.
LESSON–When God destroyed His enemies. He will honour His servants,
Re 20:6. There is a legend of 40 brave Christians soldiers who
were called upon to give up Christ or be exposed on the ice of a lake
on an extremely cold winter night. They said, “Let us ask God to send
us forty to our reward together.” The heroes encouraged one another to
play the man until they fell benumbed into their last sleep. One,
however, could not endure the suffering and sought relief of the fire.
A soldier of the guard was so impressed with the faith of these martyrs
that he immediately took the weak one’s place, and they received a
triumphant entrance into everlasting glory, singing, “Forty wrestlers
we have entered the arena, let forty victors receive the prize!” Final
victory ever perches upon the banner of faith.