H A G G A I.
In this chapter we have three sermons preached by
the prophet Haggai for the encouragement of those that are forward
to build the temple. In the first he assures the builders that the
glory of the house they were now building should, in spiritual
respects, though not in outward, exceed that of Solomon's temple,
in which he has an eye to the coming of Christ, ver. 1-9. In the second he assures them that
though their sin, in delaying to build the temple, had retarded the
prosperous progress of all their other affairs, yet now that they
had set about it in good earnest he would bless them, and give them
success, ver. 10-19. In
the third he assures Zerubbabel that, as a reward of his pious zeal
and activity herein, he should be a favourite of Heaven, and one of
the ancestors of Messiah the Prince, whose kingdom should be set up
on the ruins of all opposing powers, ver. 20-23.