Haggai 2: Keep Building

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 190

Haggai 2 was written when the people had already begun rebuilding the temple. Among those rebuilding the temple were Jews who had seen the previous temple and knew how beautiful and glorious it was. The temple they were rebuilding was not nearly as big or beautiful as the destroyed one. This fact discouraged many Jews. Haggai encouraged them with two main ideas. First, he told them to continue building and promised them that in the last days, the Lord would make a temple greater and more glorious than the one Solomon built, which was the one they remembered. Second, Haggai reminded the people that from the moment they began rebuilding the temple, they began to prosper. So, even though the temple was not as glorious as Solomon’s temple, it still brought the same blessings from the Lord.