Hi friends! Today we power through the book of Haggai in all its 2 chapters of splendor. It might be tempting to dismiss this book and move on to the next one, but unlike many preachers (ahem me) sometimes less is more. There is a lot of stuff to consider in Haggai and since it only takes about 8 minutes to read through the book, if you have time, I encourage you to read through it once at a speed read and second time slower to process all that is saying. It's amazing how much more you can get the second time you read it!
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this reveal to me about God? What does this reinforce what I already know about God?
What does this reveal was happening at the time of the writing? In other words, what is this in response to? Does that change the reading for me at all?
What, if anything, feels applicable today? What does it challenge me to do in response?
What is the "gospel" (good news) of Haggai?
Instead of my thoughts today I want to share with you the overview video from the Bible Project that does a great job as always not only illustrating (literally) the content of the book but also revealing it's major themes and how it connects with the larger canon. Enjoy!
Praying the Hymns
Our prayer for today is hymn 214 in our United Methodist Hymnal - Savior of the Nations, Come. I invite you to join your soul to the many saints who have sung this tune over the years as you rejoice in God's grace, mercy, and love. This version is an upbeat rendition from Irish praise band Koine. Enjoy!
1 Savior of the nations, come, virgin's Son, make here thy home! Marvel now, O heav'n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.
2 Not of flesh and blood the Son, offspring of the Holy One; born of Mary ever blest, God in flesh is manifest.
3 Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child of the Virgin undefiled! Though by all the world disowned, still to be in heav'n enthroned.
4 From the Father forth he came and returneth to the same, captive leading death and hell, high the song of triumph swell!
5 Thou, the Father's only Son, hast o'er sin the vict'ry won. Boundless shall thy kingdom be; when shall we its glories see?
6 Praise to God the Father sing. Praise to God the Son, our King. Praise to God the Spirit be ever and eternally.