The Book of Haggai takes place in 520 b.c. during the reign of King Darius. Eighteen years had passed since the exiled Jews had been allowed to return to Jerusalem. The people had been discouraged by the opposition and had abandoned the project of rebuilding the Temple.
Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah, and Joshua was the high priest. The Lord sent Haggai to them with a message: "'Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?'' (1:4). He told them to give careful thought to their ways. They had planted much, but harvested little. "'You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it'' (1:6). They expected much, but it turned out to be little because God's house remained a ruin, while they built their own houses.
Then Zerubbabel, Joshua and the people obeyed the Lord, and they began rebuilding the Temple. The Lord encouraged them to be strong, "'My Spirit remains among you. Do not fear'' (2:5). He said that the glory of the new Temple would be greater than the glory of the former one (2:9). He also promised, "'From this day on I will bless you'' (2:19).
Read the Book of Haggai very carefully, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the "Go to the Word' sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.