Excerpt and Insight from today’s reading
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Haggai left no doubt in his listeners’ minds about the origin of his condemnations: “the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”


Excerpt from today’s reading:


7“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the LORD. 9You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses. 10It’s because of you that the heavens withhold the dew and the earth produces no crops. 11I have called for a drought on your fields and hills—a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your livestock and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.”

12Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God’s people began to obey the message from the LORD their God. When they heard the words of the prophet Haggai, whom the LORD their God had sent, the people feared the LORD. 13Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave the people this message from the LORD: “I am with you, says the LORD!”


Daily insight:


Four times Haggai introduces his words with the phrase “the LORD sent”; five times he uses “this is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says,” and eleven times “says the LORD.” Mark these twenty phrases in your Bible; they give the key to the prophet’s power. He was speaking for none other than the Lord Almighty.


Adapted from the Daily Walk Devotional by Walk Thru the Bible www.walkthru.org.