The king of Persia allowed 50,000 poor Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. After laying the foundation, their progress slowed as the Samaritans were harassing those who were working on the temple. To rebuild the temple was a giant task, and as the Jews labored, they began to inter marry and wink at God while they worshipped the idols of their enemy. For fifteen years the work on the temple stopped as the priests got busy in building their private lives, according to their pleasures. Haggai is the first messenger that God sent after the exile. His name means “feast.” While Zechariah prophesied for three years, Haggai only prophesied for four months. As each prophetic word was given, the date it was given was accentuated. Five hundred and twenty years before Jesus, in the second year of king Darius, the Chinese philosopher Confucius was a man of great popularity. While Zerubbabel was the governor of Jerusalem, and Joshua was the High Priest, Haggai’s emphasis, his prophetic thrust was that the temple was to be rebuilt. The older priests expressed their disappointment with the new temple as it lacked the splendor of the one that was plundered and destroyed. God interrupted their complaining with a word of cheer from Haggai. God gave them His assurance that He would supply all that was needed to rebuild. “I will shake all the nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty.” (Hag 2:7) This good news gave them hope that God would finish what He started. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4) LESSON: Stop complaining and do the work. Remove the rubble of doubt, and invite Jesus into your heart, as He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
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“It is finished.”