The Wisdom Journey through Haggai
The ministry of Haggai, at least what is recorded in Scripture, lasted only a few months. It had a very narrow focus but a profound impact. God raised up Haggai to call the Jewish people who returned to the land after the Babylonian exile to finish the job they had started but left off doing—rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. The book of Haggai is a collection of four brief sermons that address that issue. They offer sharp rebuke for neglecting the construction of the temple but also encouragement to finish it once the work is resumed. By his example and his words, Haggai teaches us to make God’s priorities our priorities.