Fifteen years previously Cyrus had given the go ahead for the Jewish people to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Astoundingly, the temple lay in ruins whilst the people were living in their panelled houses tantamount to relative luxury. There was a mismatch of priorities which is something we all at times struggle with today. Essentially, Haggai is about building the temple and setting our priorities in order. Haggai’s robust response declaring God’s message rings clearly for us also, “Consider your ways”.

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