Bible Study Material

Book of Haggai

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #1
Discussion Questions

Haggai 1:1,2 

1)   Read 2 Chronicles 36:19-21
Why did God allow the Babylonians to conquer His people? What was the significance of being exiled for exactly 70 years? (see also Leviticus 26: 33-35; 40-43)

 2)   What do you think may have been the priorities of the returning Jews after being away from home (Judah) for so long?

  3)     Read Haggai 1:1,2. What do you think were the activities/ pursuits of the people of God that kept them from the task of rebuilding the temple?

  4)   Read Romans 13: 11-14. Paul has some things to say about recognizing the “time” in our spiritual lives. In examining your own life, what are the things that are causing spiritual drowsiness; what are the pursuits/activities/priorities to which God is saying: “Its now time!”

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #2
Discussion Questions

Haggai 1:3-6

1)   Compare the attitude of the people towards God’s work as displayed in Haggai 1:3 with the attitude that David had towards building the temple in 2 Samuel 7:1.

 2)   Reflect on the indictment of God towards the people in Haggai 1: 6 for their lack of diligence in rebuilding the temple;that their planting was not resulting in a harvest etc.Is that something that can still happen to us today due to our wrong spiritual priorities?

  3)     Reflect on what Elisha said to Gehazi in 2 Kings 5:26…what did Elisha mean when he said “Is it time..?”  What are your thoughts in terms of your priorities in light of the “times” that we live in presently?

  4)  2 Corinthians 13: 5 talks about doing self-examination…what are the practical ways of doing this and what are the results of doing so?

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #3
Discussion Questions

Haggai 1:7-11

  1.Read Haggai 1:9. What has happened to the people’s provisions, why was there a lack in their lives? What was the main reason it had happened?

   2. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-19. What were some of the outcomes of the curses that God would bring on His people in this text and what was the reason for it?

   3.Read Haggai 1:8 God commanded the people to Begin: “Go up to the mountains”; “Bring wood”; and “Build the temple. What does each of these actions speak to you about what you need to do on your journey of personal restoration?

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #4
Discussion Questions

Haggai 1:12-15

1.   Read Romans 3:18. Paul says that in a society that has turned away from God that there is ‘no fear of God before their eyes.” What did he mean by that?

2.   Read Psalm 50:21. The Psalmist says that in a world where there is no fear of God that we perceive that God is “altogether like us.” In what ways is that true in our world?

3.   Read Haggai 1:12-15. What were the spiritual outcomes when the leaders of Judah and the people made a decision to obey the word of the Lord?

4.   Haggai 1:14 says that the Lord stirred the spirit of the leaders and the people of Judah. Has God ever done that in your life? What was the result?

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #5
Discussion Questions

Haggai 2:1-5

 1.     Read Psalm 42:1-5. Reflect of how your “soul” or heart (mind, emotions and will) affects your spiritual life. See vs.5 - how important is it to speak to your soul?

 2.     Read Haggai 2:1-3. God is exhorting the people to recall the former glory of the temple. For what purpose? Apply these 3 questions in the text to your own spiritual life.

 3.     Read Haggai 2:4,5. The prophet gives the command of God to “be strong and work.” Apply these principles to your spiritual restoration. In what ways do I need to be strong; on what do I need to work?

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #6
Discussion Questions

Haggai 2:6-9

 1. Read Haggai 2:6-9. The prophet speaks of glory that will come to this new temple when the Desire of Nations comes. Who is this person and when does that glory appear? See Luke 2:30-32.

  2. Read Haggai 2:6. Recount occasions in the Bible where God causes a shaking to take place. Why does He cause these tremors to happen? See also Jeremiah 10:10.

  3. Read Luke 21:25,26. What kinds of shaking will occur before the return of Christ and what will be the effects of that shaking?

  4. Read Romans 8:22,23. In what ways is the present world groaning under the curse of sin…what will relieve the world from this groaning? In what ways do believers share in this groaning?

"Bring Back the Glory"    Lesson #7
Discussion Questions

Haggai 2:6-9

1. Read Haggai 2:10-14. In what ways had the people “assumed” that they were righteous in the sight of God; but what was God’s assessment of them in vs. 14? 

2. Is it possible that we might “defile” our hearts or spirits as believers? What does Jesus have to say about this in Matthew 15:18-20?

3. Read 1 Thessalonians 5: 23,24. In what areas do we need to experience ongoing “sanctification”? How is that accomplished?

 4. Read Haggai 2:18,19. What are the rewards for living in obedience to the Word of God and according to the leading of the Holy Spirit?