More than eighteen years have passed since Zerubbabel had led the first wave of returnees to Jerusalem. They have built an altar to the Lord and have begun rebuilding the temple. After some months of opposition, they cease building the temple and concentrate on building their own houses and establishing their lives. Sixteen or so years later, the prophet Haggai enters the picture and addresses the incomplete temple-and it isn"t pretty!
Haggai challenges the Jews to connect the dots between their meager existence and the incomplete temple:
God desires to bless His people, but that blessing is directly connected to the rebuilt temple. Man's long-term goals rarely include God, while God's long-term goals always include man.
How will the second temple differ from Solomon's temple?
God sends Zechariah to urge the completion of the second temple and Jerusalem. What does the LORD promise regarding Jerusalem and her temple?
Zechariah's experience is similar to that of Ezekiel, in that God speaks to both of them through visions that depend on God's interpretation. What do the flying scroll and woman in a basket symbolize?
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