Give Careful Thought to Your Ways

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HAGGAI 1:1-2:23 | REVELATION 11:1-19 | PSALM 139:1-24 | PROVERBS 30:15-16

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The Book of Haggai is another very short one.  In only two chapters, this prophet says everything he has been commissioned to.  He lays out four prophecies in quick succession of each other, the focus of them all being the rebuilding of the Temple for the second time.

Some cursory research reveals that the Book of Haggai was written in 520 BC some 18 years after Cyrus had conquered Babylon and issued a decree in 538 BC allowing the captive Jews to return to Judea.

Through Haggai, God utters these words to the people of Israel:  “Give careful thought to your ways”

Some translations say “consider your ways” which is such a short but direct exhortation!  May it be that we take to heart the wisdom of that phrase in all that we do.

Later, these words that God utters are the ones that Israel needed to hear for so long.  Are they not the most sought-after words that each one of us would want to hear for ourselves also? 

God says to his people:  “From this day on I will bless you.”

Turning once again to our reading in the book of Revelation, we find yet another cryptic passage with wild imagery that forced me to look up commentary on it, and from what I understand, John is writing about two prophets who were to appear for a certain period of time to specifically speak to the rebuilding of the Temple.  The conjecture is that these two persons are Elijah and Enoch, the only two who do not have a physical death attributed to them. 

Next, we turn to the Psalms, and find that David’s Psalm 139 is an oft-read and quoted one in which the psalmist is unabashed in his deep praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.  He says:

13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.

 The last two verses are ones that I would claim for myself.  David says:

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.

Finally, a few verses from the book of Proverbs which offer food for thought.  Solomon, wise king of Israel, says:

15 “The leech has two daughters.
   ‘Give! Give!’ they cry.

“There are three things that are never satisfied,
   four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave, the barren womb,
   land, which is never satisfied with water,
   and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’

May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.  Amen.

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