The phrase “consider your ways” literally means “put your heart on your roads”, or in other words, consider what direction your life is taking. A good message for all of the LORD’S people today but specifically it was sent to His much beloved remnant…a small group of less than 50,000 Jews that had pulled up stakes in Babylon ( 537 B.C.) to return to Jerusalem . Worship had been joyfully restored , and the foundation of the temple was laid but this noble purpose was frustrated after two years, and extinguished by crushing opposition. After lagging fourteen years, Haggai was sent to admonish the children of Judah and Benjamin for prioritizing their own security and comfortable “paneled” homes, but neglecting the ruined temple. (Some speculate that the cedar logs from Lebanon mentioned in Ezra 3:7, probably ended up in their private residences….now new wood was to be procured from the mountains) The people were to take stock of their lives and quit making excuses as to why they could not fully obey the LORD…hadn’t they noticed that their crops, livestock and labors were not being blessed ? This was going to take an acknowledgement of the LORD’S dealing with them so they could repent. Good news! All of the remnant obeyed the LORD “…and feared His presence.” (“…love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul…”) and they were willing to be strong and work hard (“…love the LORD with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5) I hope we are all paying attention here… Could we be experiencing “blight” from the LORD…or perhaps we are putting our wages in bags with holes? Let us “consider our ways” so we can repent and turn to Him with our first love. Then the LORD will take pleasure in His church, and He will be glorified as He was in the days of Haggai.
Color page, cutting strip on the end. (the sample above was printed on ivory parchment cardstock) Glue correct scene in the window. Go over the meaning of the word “remnant”. Have the kids practice saying Zerubbabel. Optional: Have them write in the verse from 1 Samuel 12:24 in the space below the window.
You may notice a difference in style with the earlier posts. I wish I could start over and annotate all of the texts on the worksheets and samples but I just learned how to do this (and have still not worked out all of the bugs)! I had no idea this blog would have a “world-wide” following and I did not accommodate for the language barrier. I am trying to take this into account for all future posts. Hopefully you have some good ideas and can “rewrite” them to suit your needs. Yay white-out!