My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Haggai 1

Build God's house, not yours!

After the exile, Haggai went to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah and to Joshua the priest. He challenged them as to why everyone's house was nicely rebuilt except for the Lord's; the temple. Think! Why put so much energy into something that gives little return!

Build God's house, and you will stop struggling in vain.

So everyone started building.

Key verse:
9. "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the Lord Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.

My thoughts:
Haggai is a simple two chapter book simply calling the remnant to prioritise the rebuilding of the temple over other things. So often we focus on our immediate needs, but we should be focusing on God, and let everything else fall into place.

The dual characters of Zerubbabel, the ruler, and Joshua, the priest, set the tone for later Judah, where there is always the ruler and the priest. There is much in Zechariah, one of the few books in the Old Testament we haven't looked at yet, about Joshua and Zerubbabel.


Anonymous Deane said...

This Zerubbabel character is interesting.

Zerubabbel has a different part in 1 Esdras, which is the LXX version of the MT Ezra-Nehemiah. It seems that 1 Esdras is both significantly different from Ezra-Nehemiah, and also earlier. That is, Ezra-Nehemiah is a later adaptation of 1 Esdras.

In 1 Esdras, Zerubbabel rules over a Jerusalem that has already been rebuilt, and which has walls, gates and gatekeepers. But when Nehemiah 1-7 and 9-13 were added to the book, to construct MT Ezra-Nehemiah, the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its walls was shifted to a time after Nehemiah.

Bohler has an interesting piece explaining it all:

7:10 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Hmm... interesting. It's still pretty hard to really know what happened. Interesting though

10:37 am


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