This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Haggai 1) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: Haggai is one of three post-exilic prophets. That means that he prophesied to God’s people after they had returned from exile in Babylonia. When the people returned they had gotten to work on rebuilding the temple, but after awhile their enthusiam faded and instead they began working on their own houses. Haggai was sent to encourage them to finish rebuilding the temple to honor God.
Haggai asks some very pointed questions to the people who have ceased working on the temple?
Ask the children…
What does the Lord ask the people through Haggai?
“’Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?’” (Haggai 1:4)
How is that plan working out for them?
“Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!“ (Haggai 1:5, 6)
It didn’t matter how hard the people worked, as long as they were only looking out for their own personal interests, the Lord was not going to bless them.
Ask your children if they are being blessed by the Lord? Who’s interests are they putting first in their lives, their own or the Lord’s? Ask them to determine one area where they are ‘building their own house’ instead of putting God first? Ask them how they can change that and then pray for that change.
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