The people of Israel had cried out to the lord to return from exile. Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. So Haggai and Zechariah were sent by God to assist in the rebuilding of the temple. This work was begun, according to Haggai 1:15, on the 24th day of the sixth month of the second year of the reign of Darius, which in our dating is September 21, 520 BC. From the time of their return, to when they actually started the rebuilding of the temple was about 18 years. This delay is what brings forth the message of Haggai.
“Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built. Haggai 1”2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3
The Bible, the Word of the living God is the greatest story ever told. It records the encounters of men with God. It’s the story of God’s grace. It’s a story made up of many stories, encounters of individuals with the power and love of God. The bible, Gods plan of reconciliation of mankind to himself. From Genesis to Revelation we go from creation manifestation sacrifice to resurrection and ascension.
So, the question becomes why? It’s about the Kingdom and how man can be reunited with the Father! Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. He is the only way to get back to the kingdom. It’s all about having an encounter with God the Father, through Jesus Christ. It is this encounter that will usher us into the Kingdom of God.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! Acts 2:14-36