Zerubbabel, Rebuilder of Ruins

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Haggai 1:1-15, Haggai 2:1-23

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Under the reign of Josiah’s descendent Zedekiah, King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and the temple and carried the last group of Jewish people to Babylon. They remained in exile for seventy years, then were allowed to return to their homeland. During this period of return, Zerubbabel, Josiah’s descendant, served as the governor of Judah and helped rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. 

Where do you see God’s presence in Zerubbabel’s story?

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39 thoughts on "Zerubbabel, Rebuilder of Ruins"

  1. Danya says:

    How easy it is to just do what pleases us and forget that “unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it”

    Despite returning to their homeland the people were just living as per usual. We are like that too. We get so settled in the rot that it doesn’t even affect us anymore.

    Lord help me to never settle for ordinary. Help me to strive for your best in my life

  2. Mercy says:

    @LAURA: praying for your 2 children to come back to God.
    @CEE GEE: loved what you shared. Thank you!

  3. Chelsea Wilson says:

    Thank you for sharing this insight. God’s word applies to us today, sometimes it is hard to see it clearly. Sin is a disease that will spread not “if but when” very good reminder!

  4. Adrianne says:

    I feel like God was with his people, and Haggai through the word of the Lord helped tell Zerubbabel how to connect back to God by rebuilding His temple.

  5. Alayna P. says:

    God encouraged and empowered him to rebuild the temple. He chose Zerubbabel. He is included in Jesus’ ancestry and the temple that was built was still standing in Jesus’ time! Jesus was at Zerubbabel’s temple.

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  7. Kimberly Z says:

    Such a long ways and usually it’s just overly cautious findings! Hang in there ❤️