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CHAPTER 5 (ESV)

 

1 Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. 2 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God that is in Jerusalem, and the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.

 

3 At the same time Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus: “Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?” 4 They also asked them this: “What are the names of the men who are building this building?” 5 But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it.

 

REFLECTION:

The Gentiles living around Jerusalem raised argument to stop the rebuilding of the temple. When this was still under argument and not came to a decision, the Jews already continued their work.  As we work for God, we must move on by faith when the work is delayed, disturbed or being attacked. No matter who is blocking God’s work, God will accomplish His will on earth. As God looked after the Jewish leaders in the past, He will look after you today. Just as how He sent prophets to help the Jews in the past, He will send different people in the church to help you today. You just have to concentrate on fulfilling God’s will and not be stumbled by conspiracy and slander.

 

PRAYER:

Be quiet before God and tell Him the obstructions and difficulties you encountered in your life and your ministry. Ask God for greater faith to believe that God’s will shall be done no matter the circumstances. Ask God to give you wisdom that as you seek God’s help, you also know how to seek other people’s help.

 

HYMN:

“Forever Reign” - www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f3sNiYpuF4