The silver is mine, and the gold is mine

Haggai 2:1-19

Haggai 2:1-3

This was another cause of the discouragement of the people. They pleaded that the building would be a very poor affair in comparison with the first temple. Many now-a-days excuse themselves from doing their best by pleading that they can do so little.

Haggai 2:4

The very best encouragement in all the world.

Haggai 2:8

Their poverty need not kinder them; for God could find them means, as indeed he did, for he laid the treasures of Darius at their feet. It is ours to do our best for God’s cause, and believe that the Lord will provide.

Haggai 2:9

And so it was, for there the Lord Jesus appeared, “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel.”

Haggai 2:12

Legal sanctity is not easily transmitted. Holy flesh sanctified the garment in which it was wrapped, but did not cleanse anything beyond. Men are not rendered holy by outward ritual.

Haggai 2:14

The uncleanness of the offerer spoils the sacrifice. There is a spreading power in the defilement of sin, though not in legal sanctity. Oh, to be clean before the Lord! for if we are not so, all that we do will be unaccepted.

Haggai 2:15-19

When they began to serve the Lord with holy zeal, then would he enrich them; but until then they would have a curse on their granaries and their crops. God save us as a family from this!


Lord, bless me from this day,

As thou alone canst bless;

Take mine iniquity away,

And give thy righteousness.


Lord, bless me from this day,

Thy sovereign grace impart;

Teach me thy sacred law t’ obey

With all my willing heart.


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