Sermon: What time is it?

The question is asked about half way through most Sunday sermons. The pastor is preaching. Some are bored with it. Some see as a spectator sport rather than participating event. Others have everything on their mind except what the message giver is sharing. It’s the same question asked every Sunday.

Still the one question they all are likely asking is, ‘What time is it?’ I’m going to answer that question. In order to be accurate I will direct our attention to Haggai 1:1-15

1] In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
2] “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.”‘
3] ” Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4] “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?”
5] Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways!
6] You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
7] Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways!
8] Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. ”
9] You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.
10] Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce.
11] I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12] Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, 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 showed reverence for the Lord.
13] Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke by the commission of the Lord to the people saying, ” ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.”
14] So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God,
15] on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king. (Haggai 1:1-15 NASB)

Background:

National Adversity is often the result of national sin. The Prophet Haggai points out the sin of the people. He calls for a turning away from selfishness and disobedience. What better time than now to turn from sin and walk with God.

I. It’s Time to Speak The Word of The Lord {1-4}
The prophet Haggai is introduced
The prophet Haggai is called to speak the Lord’s Word

II. It’s Time to Consider The Ways of the People {5-11}
The prophet Haggai admonishes his audience to examine their lives of selfish lifestyles
The prophet Haggai admonishes his audience to examine where God is placed in their lives

III. It’s Time to Obey The Voice of The Lord {12}
The prophet Haggai witnessed obedience as a result of the people’s self-evaluation
The prophet Haggai witnessed what it is to heard the word of The Lord

IV. It’s Time to Know The Presence of The Lord {13-15}
The prophet Haggai participated in the Lord’s presence.

Selfishness always lead you away from God. The people of God are to be concerned about the ways of God and not their selfish desires.
Selfishness will not lead to obedience to God but to disobedience.
When the people of Jerusalem considered their ways and understood their sin, then was God able to bless them.

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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