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    Lesson 10 for June 8, 2013

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    Some of the Jews came back to Jerusalem with

    Zerubbabel in Spring 536 BC to rebuild the nation and

    the temple thanks to the decree of Cyrus.

    They rebuilt the brazen altar in that year. The next

    year they laid the foundations for the temple.

    The older men like Haggai remembered the glory of

    Solomons Temple which was destroyed byNebuchadnezzar about 50 years before. Those elders

    remembered that glory and were crying while they

    laid the foundations for the new temple.

    They became discouraged by the opposition from the

    Samaritans so the reconstruction slowed down untilKing Smerdis finally stopped the work.

    Fifteen years after laying the foundations (520 BC),

    God called the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. King

    Darius approved the reconstruction again and Gods

    temple was finally rebuilt.

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    Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: This people says, The time has

    not come, the time that the Lords house should be built. (Haggai 1:2)

    Why did they think that it wasnt still the time

    to rebuild the temple?

    According the prophecy of Jeremiah (2 Chronicles

    36:20), the captivity of Israel would last for 70

    years.

    That prophecy was fulfilled the first year of Cyrus

    (2 Chronicles 36:22) with the return of Zerubbabel,

    just 70 years after the first Jews were taken captive

    to Babylon.

    Nevertheless, after dealing withmany difficulties when rebuilding

    the temple, they mistakenly deduced

    that those 70 years were not fulfilled

    yet because the destruction of the

    previous temple took place in lessthan 70 years before then.

    First message: August 29, 520 BC

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    Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your

    paneled houses, and this temple to lie inruins? (Haggai 1:4)

    The people had silenced their conscience with excuses.

    They worked in building their own houses and totally

    forgot about the House of God.

    Now God used the prophet Haggai to make themconsider the consequences of their acts.

    Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways!You looked for much, but indeed it came to little;and when you brought it home, I blew it away.Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because of Myhouse that is in ruins, while every one of you runsto his own house (Haggai 1:7, 9)

    First message: August 29, 520 BC

    If the people of God wants to be successful, the first

    things must be first: Gods things first, then ours.

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    They got everything

    ready to begin with

    the work in less than

    one month. In that

    moment, they

    received a second

    message from God.

    Then Haggai, the Lords messenger, spoke the Lords message tothe people, saying, I am with you, says the Lord. (Haggai 1:13)

    Zerubbabel (governor),Joshua (high priest) and all

    the people listened to

    Haggai and obeyed the

    divine order.

    Second message:

    September 21, 520 BC

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    It was after Haggais second message that the people

    felt that the Lord was in earnest with them. They darednot disregard the repeated warning that their prosperity

    and the blessing of God were dependent upon their

    entire obedience to the instructions given them. As soon

    as they decided that they would do the words of the

    Lord, His messages of reproof changed to words of

    encouragement. O how merciful a God we have! He

    says, I am with you. The Lord God omnipotent

    reigneth. He assured the people that if they were

    obedient, they would place themselves in a positionwhere He could bless them for His own names glory. If

    Gods people will only rely upon Him, and believe in

    Him, He will bless them.

    E.G.W. (SDA Bible Commentary, on Haggai 1:13)

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    Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former

    glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, isthis not in your eyes as nothing? (Haggai 2:3)

    Some people were discouraged because of

    the cry of the elders when they laid the

    fundaments of the temple some years

    before (Ezra 3:12-13)

    God used Haggai to promise to the people

    that the second temple would be much

    more glorious than the Solomons one,

    despite being half the size and without its

    gold, silver and jewelry ornament.

    That temple would be blessed and

    glorified by the physical presence of God

    Himself in the person of Jesus: and they

    shall come to the Desire of All Nations,

    and I will fill this temple with glory

    (Haggai 2:7)

    Third message: October 17, 520 BC

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    Consider now from this day forward, from the

    twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from theday that the foundation of the Lords templewas laidconsider it: Is the seed still in thebarn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, thepomegranate, and the olive tree have notyielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you(Haggai 2:18-19)

    Sin contaminates everything in contact

    with it and quickly expands (Haggai 2:13-

    14), but holiness must be carefully andpersonally cultivated (Haggai 2:11-12)

    When the people of God comes together

    to seek holiness like the people of Judah

    did in Haggais time, they are blessed.

    Fourth message: December 18, 520 BC

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    The last message of Haggai is a personal message

    for Zerubbabel who was responsible for the work.

    When Zerubbabel heard and obeyed the divine

    order, he became a signet ring (Haggai 2:23).

    That means that:

    He was a living example, a model of how God is.

    He was an instrument on Gods hands.

    His work was guaranteed and signed by God.

    He must not fear anything, since he was on Gods hands.

    God will not suffer one of His truehearted workers to be left alone to struggle

    against great odds and be overcome. He preserves as a precious jewel everyone

    whose life is hid with Christ in God. Of every such an one He says: I ... will make

    thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee. Haggai 2:23

    E.G.W. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, pg. 67)

    Fifth message:December 18, 520 BC

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