- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Haggai 1
A call to build the house of the Lord.
Babylonia that destroyed Judah in 586BC was destroyed by Persian King, Cyrus who made decree that exiled Jews return to home in 538 BC, and encouraged them to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. But no significant progress was evident. Prophet Haggai was responsible for this project and he exhorted, Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah and Joshua the high priest, to join leadership to complete the building project. And the new temple was completed in the spring of 515 BC.
Darius was the king of Persian empire from 521 to 485BC. The sixth month of his second year was mid-August to mid-September 520BC.
Haggai, meaning “festal,” was the first of the post-exilic prophets, along with prophet Zechariah and Malachi. He identified himself as “the Lord’s messenger.” (v13). His prophecy was aimed at the people living in Jerusalem and those who had returned from exile.
His prophecy is summarized to this: Because the people have neglected the temple, God has punished them.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?