Read Haggai 2:20-23
Who’s in control? Where is all of this headed?
Questions like those have plagued people in different nations under different circumstances throughout history. Certainly, they are valid questions today in light of the loss of life on foreign soil, economic downturn, experience, unemployment, major healthcare concerns, and global issues like unrest and poverty.
In the days of Haggai, the issues and concerns were different, but the questions were likely similar. Who is ultimately in control? Where will all of this lead us? As God spoke to Haggai one final time . . . around December 18, 520 BC . . . He addressed these questions.
This particular journal entry was one directed towards Zerubbabel. He was an important and influential Jewish governor over the southern tribes of Judah. Zerubbabel had played an instrumental role in moving the Jews out of their paneled homes to begin temple reconstruction. In this final message, the Lord essentially points to His own sovereign control and to the authority He has delegated to Zerubbabel.
When we speak of God’s sovereign control, we mean that God is ultimately in charge and that He is leading humanity, history, current events, and future experiences towards His end. At times, that control may seem less obvious because we cannot see all of the details and how they fit together. It may seem less present because we did not witness some kind of miraculous intervention whereby tragedy was averted. In spite of our inability to always pinpoint it and explain it, it is nonetheless true.
There have been and there will be times when that sovereign control is more dramatically obvious as depicted in this passage: “I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother” (vv. 21, 22). God will exercise control over environment, government, and armies! He is in charge!
But this passage also points to divine authority that was delegated to Zerubbabel. He was a foreshadowing and a forefather of Jesus, who will one day return and reign in a divine kingdom here on the earth.
That’s where things are headed!