It Is Always Time to Build Up the Lord's House

To read the Bible in a year, read Haggai.
Yesterday, we observed that Zephaniah preached during the reign of Josiah, king of Judah, but notice something different about the preaching time of Haggai, “In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying…” (Haggai 1:1). The Jews were no longer marking time by the reign of their kings, but by the kings of a foreign government who had power over them. This is significant for the sentiment expressed by the people in the next verse, concerning working on the Lord’s House, “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built”‘” (v. 2).
You can imagine what the circumstances must have been like and why the people would say they did not think it was convenient to work on the temple. However, that did not cut it with the Lord. Why? Because it is always “in the year of our Lord.” King Darius was over the land of Judah, but God the King was over him!
Therefore, it is always time to do the Lord’s work!

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