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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 17 - Evening

"Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, O Zerubbabel," declares the Lord. "Be strong, O Joshua, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord, "and work! For I am with Spirit remains among you. Do not fear...The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house," says the Lord Almighty.
- Haggai 2:3-5, 9

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Be Strong and Get it Done!    

On October 17, 520 BC the Lord spoke the words above (Haggai 2:3-5, 9) to the people standing on
Mount Moriah who were either watching the work or working on the Temple after Haggai’s first message on August 29 of that same year (Haggai 1:1-11). It had been sixty-six years since
the Temple had been destroyed, but some of those people that had returned from Babylon may
have seen the former Temple or even worshipped in that Temple Solomon had built. A person who was 15 years old in 586 BC when Babylon burned the Temple could have returned in 538 as
a 63 year old. That same person would be watching the beginning of the rebuilding of the
Temple as an 81 year old listening to Haggai speak to them in 520 BC.

Solomon’s Temple and its large courts and precincts would have been busy with activity from
a well-staffed priesthood and the daily visits of worshippers. A worship center that had once
been a well equipped and richly decorated center of Jewish society was now in the early
stages of being dug out of the burned rubble and smashed stones that had been weathered
and overgrown during 66 years of desolation.

Surely the people considered this as meager attempt, if not a hopeless fantasy, to recreate
one of history's legendary buildings and the greatness of a struggling Jewish society.
Because of the impossibility of the task and virtually insurmountable odds that they would
even make a dent in history there in 520 BC God sent Haggai to encourage:

  1. Joshua, the high priest
  2. Zerubbabel the Jewish governor who was placed in a position of leadership and authority by the ruling Persian Empire
  3. The people who had returned to their land with faith in God’s promise of a restored Jewish nation

Haggai told them:

“That’s right, some of you remember Solomon’s glorious temple! This insignificant foundation we have laid here is for a much smaller temple. And, you might ask, ‘Why even try? It amounts to nothing even from the start.’ But, all of you be strong and keep building because I am with you. I have not forgotten my covenant and plans for Israel. In fact, the glory and stories that will be told about this Temple you are building now will dwarf the legends of Solomon and his Temple!! Be strong and get it done, Joshua and Zerubbabel and all you people!”

  Christian Quote from Church History

"It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants...From being thoughtless or indifferent
about religion, it seemed
as if all the world were
growing religious, so that
one could not walk through
the town in an evening
without hearing psalms
sung in different families
of every street."

– Benjamin Franklin [Philadelphia, 1730's,
on the effects of George Whitefield's preaching]




Something to Ponder??
"Smooth seas do not
make skillful sailors."
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Karpos (Gr) - Fruit (Eng) - Karpos is the fruit that a plant bears. It is important to
recognize that fruit is also natural and automatic. If an apple tree produces fruit,
it will be in the form of apples. Likewise, a grape vine is going to produce
grapes and not oranges.
What actions in the Bible are identified as thekarpos, or the natural fruit, of a Christian?
- testifying about Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 16:15; John 4:35)
- virtuous behavior (Romans 6:22; Philippians 1:10-11)
- worship Jesus Christ with our lips (Hebrews 13:15)
- financial support (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:16-17)

- godly character (Galatians 5:22-23)
  In the Old Testament
priests were trained to
play instruments to accompany the singing.
They used: tumbrels, trumpets, horns, pipes,
large lyres, sistrums, cymbals, loud cymbals,
high sounding cymbals,
lutes and flutes.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I understand that God's power supplies the provisions that
I need and the fruit I am to produce?
I will trust God and look to him to provide the strength and fruit
I desire to manifest in my life.
  "One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security
for a neighbor."
- Proverbs 17:18
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Matthew 18:1-19:1 Daniel 11-12
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Ask Holy Spirit to
move through you
Revelation of the mysteries of God National Debt Nicaragua - deep poverty and divided families
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
The Golden Gate (or, Eastern Gate) viewed from the inside on the Temple Mount looking east. (click on image for larger size)
  A map showing the distance in miles from Jerusalem to a variety of locations. (click on image for larger size)
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