Welcome back, study friends! We’re diving into the first 9 verses of Haggai 2 to mine nuggets of Scriptural gold! We’re looking to be encouraged in a world that seems turned upside down. In the midst of our chaos, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies speaks to us.
Yesterday, we began this adventure by looking at the first 5 verses of Haggai 2, which will lay groundwork for some awesome study in verses 6-9. Take a moment right now to read Haggai 2:1-6 in at least one translation.
Today, we pick it up in verse 6. Who is speaking? Just who is this Lord of Hosts or Lord of Heaven’s Armies? First, an army is probably what you think it is: an organized group of soldiers trained for war, or a great multitude advancing a cause.
Well, the NLT provides a clue when it calls our Lord the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! He leads a heavenly host into battle! Often times, that army is invisible to human eyes! The prophet Elisha experienced that in 2 Kings 6 when a servant realized they were surrounded by horses and chariots and asked Elisha what they should do. Elisha’s response (2 Kings 6:16): “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” He knew a heavenly army was with Him, and he prayed that God would open the eyes of that servant.
Now, here is an interesting take on the idea of “host.” Genesis 2:1 says, Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. A Jewish rabbi once indicated that the vast array of atoms and molecules in our bodies and in our world assemble together strategically and work toward a purpose…more like an army than a machine. The Lord of Hosts is Commander of that army!
Now the nugget…
Read 1 Samuel 1:1-18. In her barrenness, to whom did Hannah petition (verse 11)? Did you catch it?
Bible students, the Lord of Host often arrays His heavenly army for our benefit! Can you think of a time the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent His invisible soldiers to guard you, protect you, or fight the battle for you? He is alive and active, and will forever be our Commander-in-Chief! In these turbulent times (and in more peaceful times), the Lord of Hosts will always be with you!
Well done, Bible study friends! We’re on our way into the real meat o the matter beginning tomorrow: Why does God shake things up? We’ll answer that question in different ways in the days to come. Stay tuned!