As in the days of Haggai, excuses for apathy are shamelessly voiced, blind eyes are turned to the judgments of God, and defiled hearts sink into unfaithfulness. And yet the LORD Almighty remains faithful to his people and true to his word. Through repeated trials he calls the backslider to repentance, with timely encouragements and gracious promises he strengthens the downhearted, and for his own glory he transforms the sins of neglect and ignorance into the servants of his purpose. With urgency, the prophet condemns the wickedness of waiting, when duty calls today, and of lamenting the past—desiring an experience today similar to that of yesterday. And he warns of the grave peril of expecting immediate material results. It is a message that must be taken seriously by the twenty-first century church.
The book of Haggai presents a powerful challenge and provides great encouragement for the church in the twenty-first century. Tim Shenton’s lucid exposition of this dynamic book gets to the heart of the prophet’s message by carefully explaining and skillfully applying the text. Although this is a short commentary, the author’s meticulous research has enabled him to enlighten us with invaluable background information which will sharpen our understanding of its urgency and passion.
—Simon J. Robinson, Senior Pastor, Walton Evangelical Church, Chesterfield, England
This commentary is easy-to-read and accurate, offering useful practical applications. Avoiding complicated vocabulary, it meets the need of those who want a concise breakdown of the prophecy. The analysis is excellent.
—Dr. Peter Naylor, Baptist minister for forty years, now retired