As I said in my brief introduction to these notes on the main home page, I decided to try and come to terms with the message of Haggai shortly after I'd completed my commentary on the Book of Zechariah.
This may have been a mistake, seeing as Haggai naturally precedes that Book and it would have been much more logical to deal with them in the reverse order.
But that's the way it worked out!
As the reader will be aware if they have ever read my other writings, I have tried to place Haggai back into the context from which it came and to explain the prophetic words that were received by recourse to the actual events that were taking place at the time they were being given. This is not always easy but, when a direct connection is made, it tends to straighten out any misconception we may have of the passage when we interpret it, rather, in the light of present day concepts and beliefs.
I remember a visiting speaker holding a series of weekday meetings on this Book when I first became a christian - but I cannot for the life of me remember much of what he said. I know that, even then, it seemed like a reasonably logical Book but I had no idea just how relevant the messages would be not only to the present day Church but to my own life. I trust that all who read this commentary will find a challenge from the Lord to them as individuals.