Ezra 5:1- 2 Breakdown
5:1 Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo prophesied concerning the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel who was over them.
The Samaritans convinced King Darius to stop the construction project of the temple for 15 years (535 to 520 B.C.). God sent the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to deal with the problem. Ezra recorded that one of the problems was the Samaritans. The two prophets recorded that the problem was the Jewish people. The Jewish people were more concerned with building their nice homes than they were in building the temple. The temple was essential for the Israelites, because the sacrifices gave a daily graphic object lesson of the coming atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.
5:2 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak began to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
Zerubbabel was the governor of Jerusalem. He was the last leader of Israel from the messianic Davidic line, except for Jesus. Jeshua was the High Priest. The prophets encouraged these two men to become the civil and religious leaders of the temple reconstruction period.
Additional lessons to listen through this week:
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
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