Haggai urges the exiles to re-build the Temple
Haggai 1:3-11 Haggai speaks the word of the LORD, and urges the leaders to start rebuilding the Temple:
"Is it right for you to be living in fancy houses while the Temple is still in ruins?... Go up to the mountains, bring back wood and build the Temple." (Haggai 1:4 & 8)
Haggai 1:12-13 The people listen to Haggai and start rebuilding the Temple on the 24th day of the 6th month of the 2nd year of Darius's reign.
Model of the Second Temple
Haggai 2:1-9 The LORD encourages the people to keep building:
"In a short time I will once again shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and they will bring their wealth. Then I will fill this Temple with glory." (Haggai 2:6-7)
“The new Temple will be greater than the one before... And in this place I will give peace.” (Haggai 2:9)
Haggai 2:10-14 Haggai consults the priests about the defilement of offerings to the LORD if the person making the offering has touched a dead body and has therefore become ritually 'unclean'.
Haggai 2:15-23 The LORD promises to bless Zerubbabel and the people as they complete the foundation of the new Temple:
"I will make you important like my signet ring, because I have chosen you." (Haggai 2:23)
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