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The Book Of Haggai

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Around eighteen years after the Jews returned back to their homeland from their Babylonian captivity, God called upon His prophet Haggai to speak to His people. This was some 60-70 years after Habakkuk. At this point the temple in Jerusalem was in absolute ruins and the leaders were extremely discouraged because of the horrendous opposition that they faced when they initially returned to the land.

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The foundation of the temple had been laid shortly after the
arrival under the leadership of Zerubbabel in 536 B.C., but the rebuilding work of the temple was stopped because of opposition from the Samaritans, this opposition lasted sixteen years, it was then that God raised up His prophets Haggai and Zechariah. His message is fairly straightforward, God says ‘finish building His temple’. Complete Study Of The Book Of Haggai


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God spoke to Haggai during the reign of Darius and what better time to deliver the message than sitting around a table enjoying some food and fellowship, it came during a Jewish feast. This was the perfect time because everyone was together, and so Haggai took full advantage of the occasion to deliver a message to encourage the leaders to start building again. Haggai 1

Around a month later Haggai received and delivered his second message to the Jews and it seems that they have become discouraged in their work in rebuilding the temple. We can imagine them thinking about how awesome Solomon’s temple was in all its grandeur, but now here it is laying in ruins because the Babylonians totally destroyed it in 586 B.C. Haggai 2

 

 

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