Seal of Approval by Jennifer Waddle

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Seal of Approval
Series: Haggai: A Careful Look at the Way We Live
Jennifer Waddle
Haggai 2.20-23

I cannot believe we have reached the final lesson in our study of Haggai! What a complete joy it has been to walk with you, learning what it means to live for the Kingdom of God.

Today, we will discuss a very real and persistent temptation for most of us-seeking the approval of man. The desire for acceptance, a pat on the back, or a thumbs up can become all-consuming, even replacing our assurance in God alone.

The Bible warns us against this very thing. In Exodus 34:14, we are reminded that the Lord is Jealous. His jealousy, unlike the worldly form of envy, is pure and holy, desiring that we love Him above all else. So, as we search for approval, let’s keep in mind that it has nothing to do with the applause of others; it has everything to do with Jesus Christ, our only security in an insecure world.

In our final passage of Haggai, we will see how an Old Testament man, who lived hundreds of years before Christ, was a predecessor to God’s promise of the Everlasting Messiah, our Perfect Seal of Approval.

*Please read Haggai 2:20-23

This message was specifically directed toward Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah. As the leader of the first wave of Israelites returning from Babylon, he probably felt a lot of responsibility. Perhaps, he even felt guilt over the complacency of his people.

But God…

God spoke such profound words to this governor-words of hope and purpose. Hundreds of years before the Messiah was born to a virgin, God chose Zerubbabel, a descendant of David and predecessor of Jesus. The first chapter in Matthew mentions him by name. I absolutely love how God’s Word comes together across generations…faithful and true.

In Haggai 2:21-22, God spoke (again) of heaven and earth being shaken and of kingdoms being overthrown. But then He says this…

‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.’’(Haggai 2:23 NKJV)

Although we don’t use signet rings, or wax seals to finalize important matters anymore, it was very significant in that time. If you remember, in the book of Daniel, when king Darius put Daniel in the lion’s den, he set a seal on the mouth of the cave with his own signet ring and those of his nobles.

‘‘Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.’’ (Daniel 6:17)

The finality of a seal was so binding it’s difficult for us to understand. In fact, the next portion of Daniel chapter 6 states ...

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