Book Background: Haggai

Written by Heather Zempel | August 22, 2010 | Haggai 1 - 2

Here is the quick snapshot of today’s reading:

Date: thought to have commenced his public ministry about 16 years after the return from the Babylonian exile); prophecies given to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the high priest — given in the second year of King Darius (520 B.C.) within a period of four months (the sixth month through the ninth month of the Jewish calendar, or roughly, August through December)

Name: means “festival”

Message: Haggai’s primary purpose in prophesying was to urge the remnant to reorder its priorities and to complete the rebuilding of the temple. The book of Haggai consists of four short messages, each of which is clearly dated and designed to rouse the remnant from their lethargy and compel them to complete the rebuilding of the temple.

Application: God will bless us when we turn from our sin and obey His authority in our lives. It is never too late to do the right thing.

As you read this book today, consider what priorities need to be realigned in your life. Is there anything God has asked you to do that you have put off? Is worship central to your life?