How Big Is God? (50 of 54) by Stan Coffey

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How Big Is God? (50 to 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
April 21, 1991

(Book of Haggai)
AUTHORSHIP: Haggai is the earliest of three post-exilic prophets. The other two being Zechariah and Malachi. Haggai and Zechariah are mentioned together in Ezra 5:1 and 6:14. The four separate messages that comprise the book consist of only 38 verses making Haggai next to Obediah the shortest book of the Old Testament.

DATE: 520 BC.

THEME: When the Israelites returned to their land from captivity, confronting them upon arrival is a city whose walls and houses are now but a heap of rubble overgrown with weeds. The temple in whose splendor they took pride and received recognition is now reduced to rubbish and ashes. Furthermore, there is a drought in the land and economic depression seems eminent. Despite the odds, the returnees set their hearts towards rebuilding and shortly after their arrival the foundation of the temple is laid. However, soon they became discouraged and their work came to a standstill. Into this situation, Haggai began to prophesy in order to awaken the lethargic people into resuming the work of rebuilding the temple.

I. THE FIRST ...


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