Haggai challenges Israel after the exile to remain faithful to their God and rebuild the temple.
The people of Israel were conquered by Babylon because they broke their covenant with God through idolatry and injustice. The book of Haggai was written 70 years after this prophesied exile and recounts the experience of a small group of Israelites, led by Joshua and Zerubbabel, who had returned to rebuild Jerusalem.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Haggai, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Haggai, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
Haggai challenges the returning exiles to remember their covenant, remain faithful to God and build the temple before constructing their own homes. While the new temple didn't meet their expectations, their efforts and faithfulness would be blessed. They could also be encouraged by God's promise to build a New Jerusalem for His international kingdom, defeat evil, and live in their midst. Future prophetic books contain more details about when these promises would be fulfilled.
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
Garden of Eden
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
Scattering of Nations
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
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