When the first wave of Jewish exiles returned from Babylon to Jerusalem in 538 B.C., they began to rebuild the temple but soon gave up. Inspired by the prophetic ministries of Haggai and Zechariah, they finally completed the task in 516. Haggai rebuked the people for living in “paneled houses” while the house of God remained in ruins (1:4). He warned that, despite their best efforts, their wealth would never suffice, because the Lord was not pleased with their neglect of his temple (see Lev. 26:2–20). He called them to repent and renew their covenant with the God of their fathers. He assured them that God would achieve his purposes for his people and for all other nations. The rebuilding of the temple symbolized God’s restored presence among his people. (The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)

37 Haggai wordle

Hag 1.1-11; Instruction; The LORD commands Israel to rebuild the Temple

Hag 1.12-15; Story; The people obey the voice of the LORD

Hag 2.1-9; Prophecy; The LORD will fill the house with his glory

Hag 2.10-19; Judgment-Prophecy; Their unclean touch, the LORD’s punishment and future blessing

Hag 2.20-23; Prophecy; The LORD will overthrow the kingdoms and make Haggai a signet ring