Thoughts and Reflection
Today we learn that Ezra fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah. God allowed the people of Judah to go into exile not to destroy them but to reform them. They now have the ability to go home. The book of Haggai is only two chapters but there are three parts – Apathy, discouragement, and lack of reform. The people returned but failed to rebuild the temple. They are not satisfied because they are not serving God. Unless they need to reform their lives or there will be consequences. Haggai encourages the people to reform their lives.
We need to look at all areas in our lives where we need to turn back to the Lord.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia — to fulfil the word of Yahweh spoken through Jeremiah -Yahweh roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom:
2 ‘Cyrus king of Persia says this, “Yahweh, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah.
3 Whoever among you belongs to the full tally of his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem, in Judah, and build the Temple of Yahweh, God of Israel, who is the God in Jerusalem.
4 And let each survivor, wherever he lives, be helped by the people of his locality with silver, gold, equipment and riding beasts, as well as voluntary offerings for the Temple of God which is in Jerusalem.” ‘
5 Then the heads of families of Judah and of Benjamin, the priests and the Levites, in fact all whose spirit had been roused by God, prepared to go and rebuild the Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem;
6 and all their neighbours gave them every kind of help: silver, gold, equipment, riding beasts and valuable presents, in addition to their voluntary offerings.
7 Furthermore, King Cyrus handed over the articles belonging to the Temple of Yahweh which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his god.
8 Cyrus king of Persia handed them over to Mithredath the treasurer who checked them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9 The inventory was as follows: thirty gold dishes; one thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine repaired;
10 thirty gold bowls; a thousand silver bowls, four hundred and ten damaged; one thousand other articles.
11 In all, five thousand four hundred articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar took all these with him when he led the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem.
1 These were the people of the province who returned from the captivity of the Exile, those whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had deported to Babylon, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town.
2 They were the ones who arrived with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of the country of Israel:
3 sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;
4 sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two;
5 sons of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five;
6 sons of Pahath-Moab, that is to say the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve;
7 sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
8 sons of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five;
9 sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty;
10 sons of Bani, six hundred and forty-two;
11 sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three;
12 sons of Azgad, one thousand two hundred and twenty-two;
13 sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six;
14 sons of Bigvai, two thousand and fifty-six;
15 sons of Adin, four hundred and fifty-four;
16 sons of Ater, that is to say of Hezekiah, ninety-eight;
17 sons of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-three;
18 sons of Jorah, one hundred and twelve;
19 sons of Hashum, two hundred and twenty-three;
20 sons of Gibbar, ninety-five;
21 sons of Bethlehem, one hundred and twenty-three;
22 men of Netophah, fifty-six;
23 men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight;
24 sons of Azmaveth, forty-two;
25 sons of Kiriath-Jearim, Chephirah and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;
26 sons of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one;
27 men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two;
28 men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred and twenty-three;
29 sons of Nebo, fifty-two;
30 of Magbish, one hundred and fifty-six;
31 sons of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
32 sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty;
33 sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-five;
34 sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five;
35 sons of Senaah, three thousand six hundred and thirty.
36 The priests: sons of Jedaiah, of the House of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three;
37 sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two;
38 sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven;
39 sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.
40 The Levites: sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the line of Hodaviah, seventy-four.
41 The singers: sons of Asaph, one hundred and twenty-eight.
42 The sons of the gatekeepers: sons of Shallum, sons of Ater, sons of Talmon, sons of Akkub, sons of Hatita, sons of Shobai: in all, one hundred and thirty-nine.
43 The temple slaves: sons of Ziha, sons of Hasupha, sons of Tabbaoth,
44 sons of Keros, sons of Siaha, sons of Padon,
45 sons of Lebanah, sons of Hagabah, sons of Akkub,
46 sons of Hagab, sons of Shamlai, sons of Hanan,
47 sons of Giddel, sons of Gahar, sons of Reaiah,
48 sons of Rezin, sons of Nekoda, sons of Gazzam,
49 sons of Uzza, sons of Paseah, sons of Besai,
50 sons of Asnah, sons of the Meunites, sons of the Nephisites,
51 sons of Bakbuk, sons of Hakupha, sons of Harhur,
52 sons of Bazluth, sons of Mehida, sons of Harsha,
53 sons of Barkos, sons of Sisera, sons of Temah,
54 sons of Neziah, sons of Hatipha.
55 The sons of Solomon’s slaves: sons of Sotai, sons of Hassophereth, sons of Peruda,
56 sons of Jaalah, sons of Darkon, sons of Giddel,
57 sons of Shephatiah, sons of Hattil, sons of Pochereth-ha-Zebaim, sons of Ami.
58 The total of the temple slaves and the sons of Solomon’s slaves: three hundred and ninety-two.
59 The following, who came from Tel-Melah, Tel-Harsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer, could not prove that their families and ancestry were of Israelite origin:
60 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda: six hundred and fifty-two.
61 And among the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai — who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, whose name he adopted.
62 These had looked for their entries in the official genealogies but were not to be found there, and were hence disqualified from the priesthood.
63 Consequently, His Excellency forbade them to eat any of the consecrated food until a priest appeared who could consult urim and thummim.
64 The whole assembly numbered forty-two thousand, three hundred and sixty people,
65 not counting their male and female slaves to the number of seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven. They also had two hundred male and female singers.
66 Their horses numbered seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five,
67 their camels four hundred and thirty-five and their donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
68 When they arrived at the Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem, a certain number of heads of families made voluntary offerings for the Temple of God, for its rebuilding on its site.
69 In accordance with their means they gave sixty-one thousand gold drachmas, five thousand silver minas and one hundred priestly robes to the sacred treasury.
70 The priests, the Levites and some of the people settled in Jerusalem; the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple slaves in their appropriate towns; and all the other Israelites in their own towns.
1 In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of Yahweh was addressed through the prophet Haggaito Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah and to Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest as follows,
2 ‘Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “This people says: The time has not yet come to rebuild the Temple of Yahweh.” ‘
3 (And the word of Yahweh was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows,)
4 ‘Is this a time for you to live in your panelled houses, when this House lies in ruins?
5 So now, Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.
6 You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but feel no warmth. The wage-earner gets his wages only to put them in a bag with a hole in it.”
7 Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.
8 Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House; and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there — Yahweh says.
9 The abundance you expected proved to be little. When you brought the harvest in, I blasted it. And why? – Yahweh Sabaoth declares. Because while my House lies in ruins, each of you is busy with his own house.
10 That is why the sky has withheld the rain and the earth withheld its yield.
11 I have called down drought on land and hills, on grain, on new wine, on olive oil and on all the produce of the ground, on humans and animals and all your labours.” ‘
12 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest and the entire remnant of the people, paid attention to the voice of Yahweh their God and to the words of the prophet Haggai, which Yahweh their God had sent him to deliver. And the people were filled with fear before Yahweh.
13 Haggai, the messenger of Yahweh, then passed on Yahweh’s message to the people, ‘I am with you — declares Yahweh.’
14 And Yahweh roused the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah, the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priestand the spirit of the entire remnant of the people; they came and set to work in the Temple of Yahweh Sabaoth, their God.
15 This was on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of King Darius,
1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of Yahweh was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows,
2 ‘You are to speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest and to the remnant of the people. Say this,
3 “Is there anyone left among you who saw this Temple in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? Does it not seem as though there is nothing there?
4 But take courage now, Zerubbabel!-Yahweh declares. Courage, Joshua son of Jehozadak high priest! Courage, all you people of the country!-Yahweh declares. To work! I am with you — Yahweh Sabaoth declares-
5 and my spirit is present among you. Do not be afraid!
6 For Yahweh Sabaoth says this: A little while now, and I shall shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
7 I shall shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will flow in, and I shall fill this Temple with glory, says Yahweh Sabaoth.
8 Mine is the silver, mine the gold!-Yahweh Sabaoth declares.
9 The glory of this new Temple will surpass that of the old, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and in this place I shall give peace — Yahweh Sabaothdeclares.” ‘
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh was addressed to the prophet Haggaias follows,
11 ‘Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Ask the priests to give a ruling on this:
12 If someone is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his gown and allows the fold to touch bread, broth, wine, oil or food of any kind, will that become holy?” ‘ The priests replied, ‘No.’
13 Haggai then said, ‘If anyone rendered unclean by contact with a corpse touches any of these things, will that become unclean?’ The priests replied, ‘It will become unclean.’
14 Haggai then spoke out. ‘It is the same with this people,’ he said, ‘the same with this nation, in my view — Yahweh declares — the same with everything they turn their hands to; and whatever they offer here is unclean.
15 ‘So now think carefully, today and henceforth: before one stone had been laid on another in the sanctuary of Yahweh,
16 what state were you in? You would come to a twenty-measure heap and find only ten; you would come to a vat to draw fifty measures and find only twenty.
17 Everything you turned your hands to, I struck with wind-blast, mildew and hail, and still you would not return to me — Yahwehdeclares.
18 So think carefully, today and henceforth (from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the sanctuaryof Yahweh was laid, think carefully)
19 if seed-corn is still short in the barn, and if vine and fig tree, pomegranate and olive tree still bear no fruit. ‘From today onwards I intend to bless you.’
20 On the twenty-fourth day of the month the word of Yahweh was addressed a second time to Haggai, as follows,
21 ‘Speak to Zerubbabel governor of Judah. Say this, “I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.
22 I shall overturn the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kings of the nations. I shall overthrow the chariots and their crews; horses and their riders will fall, every one to the sword of his comrade.
23 When that day comes — Yahweh Sabaoth declares — I shall take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel my servant — Yahweh declares — and make you like a signet ring. For I have chosen you — Yahweh Sabaoth declares.” ‘
1 Wine is reckless, liquor rowdy; unwise is anyone whom it seduces.
2 Like the roaring of a lion is the fury of a king; whoever provokes him sins against himself.
3 It is praiseworthy to stop short of a law-suit; only a fool flies into a rage.