The name Haggai means festive.  He wrote during the same time as Confucius.  He is contemporary with Zechariah and writes during the captivity of the Persians.  He is considered the most successful of the minor prophets.  A remnant of the people had gone back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple (Ezra).  God gives them encouragement through Haggai.


1.  Read 1:1-4.  What do the people say?  What does God say?  How is it today – do the people have a different view than God?



2.  What exactly was the problem?  1:4,5


3.  Why does God keep telling them to consider their ways?  1:5,7


4.  The people were trying to build up their own kingdom and leaving the kingdom of God waste.  What similarities do see in our culture today?  1:9,10



5.  If they would seek God’s kingdom first, what would happen?  1:10,11


6.  What was the response of the people to the message of God through Haggai?  1:12-15



7.  What promise did God give them?  1:13


8.  “They came and did the work in the house of the Lord” – what is the application for today?


9.  When they began to build, what was the temple like?  What were they feeling?  2:1-3



10.  What were they tempted to do and what did God do to help them?  2:4-5



11.  What “work” does God want you to keep doing in spite of circumstances?  2:4



12.  What did God promise if they would just keep working?  2:9



13.  What is God trying to tell them in 2:12-16



14.  Why does chapter two keep saying “from this day forward”?  What encouragement do you see in that expression of God?


15.  Read 2:20-25.  What does the shaking accomplish?



16.  What is a signet and how does the shaking help produce it?



17.  What are you involved with in building up the kingdom of God?



18.  What parts of the work are discouraging to you?



19.   What promises of God in this little book encourage you to keep doing the work?



20.  Read 2:23.  What does it mean to you that God has chosen you?


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