Promises for Zerubbabel (Day 5)

Read Haggai 2:20-23
   A signet ring was used to guarantee the authority and authenticity of a letter. It served as a signature when pressed in soft wax on a written document. God was reaffirming and guaranteeing His promise of a Messiah through David’s line (Matthew 1). 

Blessings Promised for Obedience (Day 4)

Read Haggai 2:10-19
   When a child eats spaghetti sauce, very soon his or her face, hands, and clothes become red. Sin and selfish attitudes produce the same result: They stain everything they touch. Even good deeds done for God can be tainted by sinful attitudes. The only remedy is God’s cleansing. 

The Temple’s New Splendor (Day 3)

Read Haggai 2:1-9
   This is Haggai’s second message. It was given during the Festival of Shelters in October 520 B.C. The older people could remember the incredible beauty of Solomon’s temple, destroyed 66 years earlier. Many were discouraged because the rebuilt Temple was inferior to Solomon’s. But Haggai encouraged them with God’s message that the glory of the Temple would surpass that of its predecessor. The most important part of the Temple is God’s presence. Some 500 years later, Jesus Christ would walk in the Temple courts. 

Obedience to God’s Call (Day 2)

Read Haggai 1:12-15
   Haggai encouraged the people to finish rebuilding the Temple. Opposition from hostile neighbors had caused them to feel discouraged and to neglect the Temple and thus neglect God. But Haggai’s message turned them around and motivated them to pick up their tools and continue the work they had begun. 

Haggai Rouses the Leaders in Jerusalem (Day 1)

Read Haggai 1:1-11
   The Jews who had returned from Babylon in 538 B.C. to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem were not able to finish their work because they were hindered by their enemies. After opposition put a halt to their progress, no further work had been done on the Temple for over 15 years. In August 520 B.C., Haggai delivered a message to encourage the people to rebuild the Temple. Haggai was probably born in captivity in Babylon and returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel in 538 B.C. (Ezra 1-2). Haggai and Zechariah, two prophets who encouraged the Temple rebuilding, are mentioned in Ezra 5:1.