Be strong and work for the Lord is with you

Haggai Bible Background

12.25.2017 – Old Testament: Hag 2.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Haggai on December 25, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

After the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity, they rejoiced and they got ready to rebuild the temple, but Babylon had moved other people into the land and they were not happy when the Jews returned and especially when the Jews started to rebuild their temple. Therefore, the enemies of the Jews did everything they could to make the Jews stop working on their temple and out of discouragement, the Jews stopped.

However, the Lord sent prophets, namely Zechariah and Haggai to motivate the people to get back work. Part of the Lord’s message included that He was with them,

In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying: “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying: Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel, says the LORD; and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD, and work; for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts. According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!” (Haggai 2.1–5).

That was just what they needed to hear and it moved the Jews to get back to work and they finished rebuilding the temple, causing the old men who had seen the first temple to weep.

Likewise, Jesus promises us that He will be with us even to the end of the world or to the end of the age (Matthew 28.18–20). Therefore, be strong and work!

Questions:

  • What can you do to build up the church, the true temple of the Lord?
  • Do you know some workers in the church who need encouragement?

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