Haggai 1 – “A Message to Rebuild the Temple is Heeded”

breaking ground tractor-digging-in-dirtHebrew-English Text

I. Summary

Haggai urges the people to rebuild the temple and they agree.

II. Photo

The rebuilding process begins: “They came and set to work on the House of the Lord of Hosts, their God.” (v. 14)

III. Select Verses

1: In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, this word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest:

2, 4:  Thus said the LORD of Hosts: These people say, “The time has not yet come for rebuilding the House of the LORD.”  Is it a time for you to dwell in your paneled houses, while this House is lying in ruins?

8: Go up to the hills and get timber, and rebuild the House; then I will look on it with favor and I will be glorified — said the LORD.

9-10: You have been expecting much and getting little; and when you brought it home, I would blow on it! Because of what? — says the LORD of Hosts. Because of My House which lies in ruins, while you all hurry to your own houses! That is why the skies above you have withheld [their] moisture and the earth has withheld its yield

14:  Then the LORD roused the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and the spirit of the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the spirit of all the rest of the people: They came and set to work on the House of the LORD of Hosts, their God

IV. Outline

1. Introduction: a prophecy for the governor and high priest

2. People say the time has not yet come to rebuild the temple

3-4. Argument: how can the people live in houses but not YHWH?

5-11. Argument: the people are poor because they have not rebuilt the temple

12-13. The people agree with Haggai

14-15. The rebuilding process begins


V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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