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Haggai & Zechariah

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Lesson

An overview of Haggai and Zechariah, the beginning of the rebuilding of the temple, the encouragement of God’s people to put the things of God first, God’s sovereignty, the need to be faithful, the nature of God’s covenant, and God’s promises being fulfilled.

Outline

The Return: Haggai and Zechariah

 

I. Overview of Haggai

A. Three months in 520 BC

B. Theme: Encourage the building of the temple

C. Content

1. Problem unless temple is rebuilt

2. Promise of glory for future temple

3. Susceptibility of defilement

4. Power over the nations

D. Similarity to Zechariah

E. Why the emphasis on encouragement?

1. Started building in 538 BC

2. Zerubbabel and Jeshua caved when opposition came

3. Why support failures?

4. Public endorsement by God through prophets

 

II. Themes in Haggai

A. God and his work must take first place

B. Putting personal interests ahead of God is self-defeating.

C. God blesses those who put him first

D. Work is valued by how it conforms to God's will

 

III. Dates in Haggai and Zechariah

 

IV. Orienting Data for Zechariah

A. Content

B. Author and date

C. Emphases

 

V. Overview of Zechariah

A. First Vision

B. Second Vision

C. Third Vision

D. Fourth Vision

E. Fifth Vision

F. Sixth Vision

G. Seventh Vision

H. Final Vision