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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 17 - Morning

This is what the Lord says: "These people say, 'The time has not yet come for the Lord's house to be built.'"

Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: "Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?"
- Haggai 1:2-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Finding Time to Build the Temple    

As predicted by Jeremiah and others, after their 70 years of captivity in Babylon were fulfilled, Cyrus, the Emperor of the new empire, sent the Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple in 538 BC. After seventeen years of failing to progress on this construction project God sent Haggai to correct the people’s attitudes and sharpen their awareness of God’s intentions for them in the year 520.

Indeed the returning Jews did not return to a beautiful, functioning city in Jerusalem. They returned
to the destroyed remains of what was left from Nebuchadnezzar’s battering rams and fire in 586. These Jews had to not only build shelters for themselves but they also had to re-create the entire infrastructure (roads, water supply, sewer, shopping, industry, etc.), establish a local
government, and generate an economy - all while they dealt with rival communities and businesses
already established in the area.

These challenges they had faced, but the pressures of life demanded that they prioritize their
efforts and their resources. After almost 20 years, the one thing that always ended up on the
bottom of the “must do” or “must have” list was the construction of the Temple. The people’s residences where built (and, “paneled” according to Haggai!). The economy was competing
with the Samaritans (which was another problem dealt with by Ezra and Nehemiah). But the
people had consistently decided that, since it was too difficult and too much of a challenge, it
must not be God’s time to rebuild the Temple. They were waiting for a more convenient time.
But, Haggai asks, “Is it time for you to panel your houses, yet you have not time for the Temple?
Is it convenient to meet your personal needs and goals, but too difficult to build the Temple
and meet the Lord’s goal?

Haggai spoke these words to the people on August 29, 520 BC and within forty-three months the Temple was completed. The Temple was burnt and destroyed by Babylon on August 14, 586, and exactly 70 years later the rebuilt Temple was completed on March 12, 516.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Spare the rod and spoil
the child - that is true.
But, beside the rod,
keep an apple to give him when he has done well."

- Martin Luther


Something to Ponder??
"Christianity asserts that
every individual human being
is going to live forever, and
this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would
not be worth bothering
about if I were going to live only seventy years, but
which I had better bother
about very seriously if
I am going to live forever."

– C.S. Lewis
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tsarim (Hb) – Adversaries (Eng) – the Hebrew word Tsarim is translated “enemies,”
“foe,” or “adversaries.” Tsarim comes from the verb tsarar meaning “to be hostile” or
“to distress.” In Ezra 4:1 the Samaritans offered to freely help the Jews rebuild their
Temple in Jerusalem in 536 BC, but they were rejected and identified as tsarim because
they did not have pure motives, correct doctrine or true devotion to the Lord’s purposes
for the Temple. They ended up building their own Temple on Mt. Gerizim around 450 BC.
(The woman at the well in John 4:19-20 referred to this temple.)

  The Bible had been translated into 6 languages by 100 AD; into 13 languages by 500 AD; into 17 by 1000; 34 by 1500; 67 by 1800 AD;
537 by 1900 AD;
2,233 by 2000 AD.
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Do I have time and money for my own interests, but yet feel this is not the time to assist
with things that concern the ministries I am associated with? I will find some time
and resources to contribute to the building of the purposes of God now.
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    and a brother is born for a time of adversity."
Proverbs 17:17
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Timeline for the dates 605-432 BC including Zerubbabel, Ezra, Nehemiah and Malachi. (click on image for a larger size)


This view is looking up at the ancient Herodian ceiling inside the Double Gate that led worshippers of New Testament times to the Jewish Temple Courts from the south side of the Temple Mount. (click on image for larger size)  
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