Haggai was the first of the postexilic prophets. When a company of Jews returned from Babylon in 538 B.C., they laid the foundations of a new temple. But for the next 18 years members of the community concentrated on building their own houses, leaving the house of the Lord unfinished. Haggai urged the people to put God first, and finish the temple. The people responded to Haggai, winning God’s promise, “From this day on I will bless you.” The project was resumed in 520 B.C., and the temple was finished in 515 B.C.
|I.||The Call to Build||Hag. 1|
|II.||The Glory of the New Temple||Hag. 2:1–9|
|III.||Blessings for Judah||Hag. 2:10–23|