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Spiritual Apathy


The word apathy means "A lack of emotion or interest". In this lesson we will use the book of Haggai to show us an example of Godís people having a lack of emotion and interest in spiritual things. We will then take that lesson and apply it to us today.

Text: The book of Haggai

I. The problem presented in the book of Haggai

A. Godís people were apathetic towards building the temple of the Lord (Haggai 1:2; 4; 9). 1. There was economic failure (Haggai 1:6). a. There was economic failure because they failed to build the house of God (Haggai 1:9-11). 2. The reason they did not build Godís house was: Ezra 4:4-5. a. They stopped building during the second year of Dariusís reign (Ezra 4:23-24). 

b. The second year of Dariusís reign is when Haggai prophesied (Haggai 1:1).

B. Godís people were guilty of obeying man over God (Act 5:29). 1. We must obey God over man. Peter & John employed this attitude while in front of the Sanhedrin. (Acts 4:18-20) "And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

2. We cannot fear physical harm. (Matthew 10:28) "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

a. Hebrews 13:6 "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
II. How was the problem handled and taken care of? A. About sixteen years after the stopped building Haggai getís through to the people (Haggai 1:12). 1. The goal of preaching to people is to make them care and change.  a. Matthew 3:1-2 "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

b. I Corinthians 1:21 "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."

B. God promises to be with them (Haggai 1:13). 1. God is always with the obedient: a. Haggai 2:4-5

b. Deuteronomy 11:27-28

c. Deuteronomy 30:15-20

d. Exodus 19:5 "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine."

e. I Peter 3:12 "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."

f. I John 3:22 "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

C. About 4 years into the building the people of God finished the house of God (Ezra 6:14-22).
III. Applications from this lesson for us today A. We have a temple today: 1. Hebrews 3:6 "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."

2. We are the temple of God through the Indwelling Spirit by faith (Ephesians 3:17 and Colossians 3:16). I Corinthians 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

B. We cannot be lazy and apathetic towards building that temple: 1. Our temple can grow by consuming the word of God. (I Peter 2:2) "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." a. God wants us building that temple by studying His word(John 5:39, Acts 17:10-11, and II Timothy 2:15).

b. By being obedient we will be blessed eternally (Matthew 7:21).

C. Many today would have us to quit the building of our temples. 1. We can say to them: "Ö We ought to obey God rather than men." Ė Acts 5:29. D. God needs doers! 1. Not Christians that would bury their talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

2. Not Christians who say "all is well with my soul" (Luke 12:16-21).


Do you have the problem of apathy towards God? Solve it today! Come and do!

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