Ceiled Houses

Haggai tells the inhabitants of Jerusalem that their plight is linked to their lack of attention on god's house. The numbers point at David's desire to build Yahvah a house.

Haggai 1:1-11

FE 1In the 2nd year of Darius the king in the 6th month in the 1st day of the month the word of the Master came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah and to Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest saying: Haggai 1:12Thus says the Master of hosts, This people say, The time has not yet come to build the house of the Master. Haggai 1:23The word of the Master came by Haggai the prophet saying, 4Is it a time for you to live in your ceiled houses and this house lie waste? Haggai 1:3-45Now, thus says the Master of hosts, consider your ways. 6You have sown much and stored little. You eat but you are never satisfied. You drink but you are not filled with drink. You clothe yourselves but you are not warm. He who trades among you earns wages to put it into a bag with holes. Haggai 1:5-67Thus says the Master of hosts, Consider your ways. 8Go up to the mountain and bring trees and build the house and I will take pleasure in it and I will be honored in it, says the Master. 9You looked for much and it came to little. When you brought it into the house I blew it away. Why, says the Master. Because of my house that is waste and you hurry every man to take care of his own house. 10Therefore the skies over you have stayed from dew and the land has withheld its fruit. 11I have called for a drought on the land and on the mountains and on the grain and on the wine and on the oil and on everything that the ground brings forth and on the children of man and on cattle and on all the labor of their hands. Haggai 1:7-11 (Haggai 1:1-11 BRB)


2+6+1 = 9 = S. Samuel

S. Samuel

David had just moved into a large house built with cedar by Hiram the king of Tyre. This is similar to the paneled houses the people of Jerusalem were living in. David, though, was concerned about the ark of the contract living simply in a tent and wanted to build a house for Yahvah. The word back from Yahvah via the prophet Nathan was that David's son would build a house.

1When the king lived in his house, and the Master had given him rest from all his enemies, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, See, I live in a house of cedar and FE the chest of god lives within curtains. H Psalms 132:3-5 H Acts 7:46 2 Samuel 7:1-23Nathan said to the king, Go do all that is in your heart for the Master is with you. 2 Samuel 7:34It came to pass that very night the word of the Master came to Nathan the prophet saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, The Master says, You will not build a house for me to live in, 6because I have not lived in a house from the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Mizraim to this day, C 1 Kings 5:3 FE but I have walked in tents. 7In all the places where I have walked with all the children of Israel have I spoken to any of those whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 2 Samuel 7:4-78Now you will say to my servant David, The Master FE of hosts says, I took you from the pasture from behind the sheep to be the ruler over my people Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you went. I have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make for you a great name like the name of the great men that are on the land. 10I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them and make them live in their own place in peace and not be disturbed again and the children of evil will not enslave them again as at 1st. FE 11From the day that I commanded you to be a judge over my people Israel I have given you rest from all your enemies. 2 Samuel 7:8-11The Master also declares to you that the Master will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers I will raise up your seed after you who will come out of your loins and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house to my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. H Psalms 132:11 I Isaiah 9:6-7 14I will be like a father to him and he will be like a son to me Q 2 Corinthians 6:18 Q Hebrews 1:5 and if he commit folly I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men. FE 15My mercy I will not take from him as I took it from Saul who was king before you and whom I put away from before me. 16Your house and your kingdom will be established before me forever and your throne will be established before me forever. 2 Samuel 7:11-16 (2 Samuel 7:1-16 BRB)

Though David was not to build, his willingness to build is what the people of Jerusalem lacked even when it was time to build. Haggai gave the word and the spirit stirred them to action.