Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources – time, money, strength, and talent. often our actions belie our words. We say God is number one, but then we relegate him to a lesser number on our “to do” list.
When the exiles first returned from Babylon, they set about rebuilding the temple right away. Although they began with the right attitudes, they slipped back into the wrong behavior, and the work came to a standstill. In the same way, we need to be on guard to keep our priorities straight. Remain active in your service to God and continue to put first things first.
Although Haggai is small book, it is filled with challenge and promise, reminding us of God’s claim on our lives and our priorities. As you read Haggai, imagine him walking the streets and alleys of Jerusalem, urging the people to get back to doing God’s work. And listen to Haggai speaking to you, urging you to reorder your priorities in accordance with God’s will. What had God told you to do? Put all aside and obey him.
The book of Haggai contains messages delivered by the prophet Haggai, and thus it is reasonable to consider Haggai as its author. The name Haggai, which means “festal” promotes the conjecture that his birth occurred during the festival period of Israel, or perhaps links his name with his message, anticipating the restoration of Israel’s great feasts within a restored temple. Nothing is known of his genealogy.
The word of the Lord comes to Haggai between late August and mid-December of 520 B.C. There is widespread scholarly consensus on these dates, although this does not preclude the possibility of editorial activity.
To Whom Written:
The people living in Jerusalem and those who had returned from exile. The historical setting of the book is in the sixth century B.C. among the returned exiles from the Babylonian captivity. The Persian ruler Cyrus the Great captured Babylon in 539. His edict in 538 B.C permitted the return of Jews to Jerusalem so that they might rebuild the temple (Ezra 1-2). Initial work stalled, however, when opposition arose (Ezra 3:1-4:5).
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