Week of August 7 - Day 4

Day 4--Read: Haggai 2:19

 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.”

Reflect: In spite of their disobedience, what promise is made to the Jewish nation?

Consider: The agricultural staples of this society—grapes, figs, pomegranates, and olives—had not yielded the essential harvests the people depended on annually. Without a successful yield of these agricultural staples there would be major disruptions to everyday life. It was the vine (v. 19) that produced grapes for the making of wine. The fig was used in making cakes and also in wine. The pomegranate was used for making wine and certain dyes. The olive provided oil used for cooking and a fuel source for lamps. Each of these products was essential for maintaining the lifestyle with which Haggai’s audience was familiar. All of these hardships—brought about by the failure of the people to seek a right relationship with the Lord—remained as painful reminders of their short-sighted choices. Though conditions might seem insurmountable, the prophet holds out hope for the future.[1]

Respond: How have you seen God’s faithfulness to provide? Understanding the personal way God has provided for you is a key component of your testimony you need to share with others.

 

[1] Richard A. Taylor and E. Ray Clendenen, Haggai, Malachi, vol. 21A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2004), 190.