Consider Your Ways, Israel! #2

Sunday, September 22, 2013

“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:5,6 KJV).

The Jews have built their houses, but they are apathetic that they have not finished JEHOVAH’S….

Today’s Scripture is amplified in the succeeding verses:

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands” (verses 7-11).

At this point, the LORD through the prophet Haggai has twice-instructed Israel, “Consider your ways” (verses 5,7). They are to reflect on the way they are behaving, to the extent that they will repent (change their minds), and then change their actions.

In verse 6 (today’s Scripture), we read how Israel is planting many crops, but their harvest is meager. Food, drink, and clothing cannot and do not satisfy them. The futility of their actions is summed up in the phrase, “he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”

Verses 7-11 explain that God has caused Israel’s economic inefficiency. As per the Mosaic Law, God is chastising Israel, attempting to reform them. Will they reform, or not…?