21 September 520 B.C. Getting Up When Down (Haggai 1.4). God in Action, Covenant Promises & People in Action Building the Temple.
- Ezra 1:2 For he was chief Monarch, and had many nations under his dominion, which this heathen king confesseth to have received of the living God.
- Ezra 1:4 If any through poverty were not able to return, the king’s commission was that he should be furnished with necessaries.
- Ezra 1:4 Which they themselves should send toward the reparation of the Temple.Zerubbabel, a Davidic scion, and 50, 000 Jews returned to rebuild the land and Temple.As usual with reprobates and unbelievers, however, opposition developed to the rebuilding program. Expect such at all times. In effect, it was taking on the LORD of the covenant promises.Ezra 4.4-24.
- Ezra 4:4 Hebrew, made their hands weak.
- Ezra 4:5 They bribed the governors under the king to hinder their work: Thus they that halt, cannot abide that God should be purely served.
- Ezra 4:7 Called Artaxerxes, which signifieth in the Persian tongue, an excellent warrior.
- Ezra 4:8 Or, counselor.
- Ezra 4:9 These were certain people which the Assyrians placed in Samaria instead of the ten tribes.
- Ezra 4:10 Some think it was Sennacherib, but rather Shalmaneser.
- Ezra 4:10 To wit, Euphrates: and he meaneth in respect of Babel that they dwelt beyond it.
- Ezra 4:10 Which were a certain people that envied the Jews.
- Ezra 4:13 Meaning, the gifts that are wont to be given to kings when they pass by any country.
- Ezra 4:14 Hebrew, in the Chaldea, we have eaten the salt of the palace.
- Ezra 4:17 Some read for Shalom, salutation or greeting.
- Ezra 4:24 Not altogether for the Prophets exhorted them to continue, but they used less diligence because of the troubles.
God sends Haggai (Haggai 1.13). Encouragement comes.
- Exodus 3:12 Neither fear thine own weakness, nor Pharaoh’s tyranny.The call of Gideon. Judges 6.16.
Again, the Word for all of God’s people. Haggai 1.13.
- Haggai 1:14 Which declareth that men are inept and dull to serve the Lord, neither can they obey his word or his messengers, before God reform their hearts, and give them new spirits, John 6:44.Ezra 5.2.
- Ezra 5:2 Which encouraged them to go forward, and accused them that they were more careful to build their own houses, than zealous to build the Temple of God.
- Philippians 2:13 A most sure and grounded argument against pride, for that we have nothing in us praiseworthy but it cometh of the free gift of God, and is without us, for we have no ability or power, so much as to will well (much less to do well) but only of the free mercy of God.
- Philippians 2:13 Why then, we are not stocks, but yet we do not will well of nature, but only because God hath made of our naughty will a good will.Questions:
- Does fear of failure stop action?
- Fear of rejection by others?
- Fear of people? How about Canterbury and Anglican bishops in relation to the same-sex marital issue in England? How about 19th-20th century liberals trying to accommodate their own projections of the needs of the populace and popularity?
- Fear of small numbers? How about Rick Warren and Bill Hybels?
- Fear and the English Reformers? Willliam Tyndale? Miles Coverdale? John Knox? John Calvin?
- Fear and Scots Covenanters?
- Isaiah and his message? That few would hear or listen to him? That God would actually cut the three down?
- Fear and Jeremiah in jail? Why not just “go along to get along?”
- Amos before Jeroboam’s court? Amos 7?
- How does the doctrine of the Trinity and God influence this?
- Athanasius and Arianism?
- What good hymns obtain? How Firm a Foundation? Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-3wMTC8Lq4
- The “Church’s One Foundation?” Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQv4EAwMFoQ