Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
The people have been back in the land for over 15 years, yet they have sown much but reaped little. Why has God not blessed them?
Cyrus the Great, king of the Persian Empire, issued a decree in 539 B.C. to allow the Jews in Babylon to return to Judah and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem that had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 (see Ezra 1:1-4). At first the people enthusiastically began the task of rebuilding the temple. However, the people soon became discouraged, and the job remained unfinished from 536-520. It was in 520 that God raised up Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people to finish the job (Ezra 5:1-2). Within four years, the job was finished. According to Haggai's account, why was the people's initial response to his message less than enthusiastic?
The people listen to Haggai's message and finish rebuilding the temple. But in comparison to Solomon's Temple, it seems as nothing. What does Yahweh say will happen to this temple in the future?
A very important Messianic passage occurs in Haggai. As a descendant of David and governor of Judah, Zerubbabel was considered a contemporary representative of the coming Messiah, as was King David before him. In this role, to what does the Lord compare Zerubbabel?
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