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April 15, 2017

Fifteen years have passed and the temple has not been completed; however, in the second year of King Darius’s reign God sends Words to the Jews through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah which encourages and inspires the Jews to complete the work despite the previous command for them to stop by King Artaxerxes.

When the Persian opposition heard that the work had been restarted they confronted the Jews wanting to know who authorized them to do the work and who were the principal promoters and directors of this undertaking. Also, they sent an unbiased letter to King Darius requesting him to investigate the legitimacy of the Jews’ claim that King Cyrus gave a decree for this rebuilding to be done and also generously contributed to it.

The gleaning points that I received from this chapter are:

  1. There are times in the life of believers when they stop doing the work that God has assigned them to do and God sends a Word that motivates and revives them. For the Jews it took the admonishment of Haggai and Zechariah to do this and it is the Word of God spoken by Haggai in Haggai 1: 3-10 that often speaks to me when I become slothful. Haggai told the Jews to, “Consider your ways” because they were focused on themselves rather than God and the result was poverty rather than prosperity.
  1. There are those that will question your actions and will attempt to hinder you from going forward; however, the blessing of God will be with you when you do His work.
  2. Failure in your life is the consequence of negligence.


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