Leading by Example

April 12, 2010 at 10:42 am | Posted in Ezra, Uncategorized | 8 Comments
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The city of Jerusalem was in ruins. The temple there had been destroyed. The city walls were breached and broken. The Jewish people were in captivity in Babylon. Then, one day, God caused a faithful group of His people to return to Jerusalem to undertake the imposing task of rebuilding the walls, repopulating the city, and restoring the temple.

Progress was being made until around 530 B.C. For about 10 years the people were forbidden to continue by the Persian king, Artaxerxes, and they worked on their own houses, rather than the house of God.

Two main factors got God’s people back on track, and motivated them to resume God’s work. One was Godly preaching.

Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

Ezra 5:1

There is power in the prophesying (preaching) of God’s Word.

The second factor was that the ones doing the preaching were not afraid to get their hands dirty, and set a Godly example by practicing what they prophesied.

Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Ezra 5:2, emphasis added

Spiritual leaders are often called upon to use their mouths, but they should also be willing to use their backs.

God’s Signet Ring

February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am | Posted in Haggai | 3 Comments
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God sent Haggai to encourage Zerubbabel, who is in the earthly ancestry of the line of David, leading to Christ (Matthew 1:13; Luke 3:27).

Zerubbabel was to be God’s “signet ring.” Wouldn’t it be good to be so close to God that He could use us to stamp His official decrees? Can God trust you to be present when a soul is saved? To be there for the dedication of a church building? To be there at the baptism of a child, grandchild, or neighbor?

Zerubbabel’s ancestor, Jehoiachin (Coniah), was the signet ring that was plucked off.

As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

Jeremiah 22:24

God could not trust Coniah. He could trust Zerubbabel.

In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

Haggai 2:23

Here are previous posts on the Book of Haggai:

They Don’t Make ‘Em like They Used To – and They Never Did
When It’s Okay To Be Irrational
For Whom Are We Building this Temple?


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