Haggai 1:12-15 Breakdown
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, along with the whole remnant of the people, obeyed the Lord their God. They responded favorably to the message of the prophet Haggai, who spoke just as the Lord their God had instructed him, and the people began to respect the Lord.
The leaders led the remnant in the rebuilding of the temple. During this time period, the remnant was the small number of Jews who returned to Babylon after their captivity. Some were believers and some were not.
13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s word to the people: “I am with you!” says the Lord.
Jehovah encouraged the people. If God is with a group who is following His will, then that group will succeed.
14 So the Lord energized and encouraged Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the whole remnant of the people. They came and worked on the temple of their God, the Lord who rules over all.
The Hebrew word for “energized” is עוּר (ur), meaning to arouse or awaken. Jehovah awakened and roused the רוּחַ֩ (ruach), or the spirit of Zerubbabel and Joshua to complete this work. God knew that Israel needed this object lesson more than they did their new paneled homes.
15 This took place on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month of King Darius’ second year.
The Jews responded to the prophet’s messages 23 days later.
Additional lessons to listen through this week:
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
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