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Life & Times of the Minor Prophets. Prior Lesson: Anthony Alford. Josiah Obediah Zephenia. Life & Times: Haggai. Sunday School Series Lesson 9 – Perry Parks. Topics. Last four kings of Judah Overview The Exile and the Return The Message of Haggai. Goal. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Life & Times of the Minor Prophets

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    Prior Lesson: Anthony AlfordJosiahObediah Zephenia

  • Life & Times:HaggaiSunday School SeriesLesson 9 Perry Parks

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    TopicsLast four kings of Judah Overview

    The Exile and the Return

    The Message of HaggaiHigh-level view to help enrich your personal studyGoal

  • The Timeline

  • Last 4 Kings of Judah

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    Jehoahaz Josiahs SonPut in place by Elders after Josiahs death3 month ruleTaken captive by Pharaoh Neco (Egypt)

    Jehoiakim (Eliakim)-Josiahs SonChance to prevent exile (Jeremiah 26)Ignored JeremiahKilled the prophet UriahRebelled against Babylon in 605 BCCaptured and exiled by to BabylonDeportation of Daniel

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    The Trip to Babylon (900 mi?!)

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    Zedekiah(Mattaniah) - BurnedJehoiachins uncleIgnored JeremiahRebelled against Babylonkilled fo rebellion.Temple Destroyed; Walls demolished (586 BC)Last group of exiles make the JourneyLand is desolatepeople are exiled to BabylonJehoiachin Taken to BabylonLast king in line of David Taken to BabylonZerubbabels grandfatherTemple plunderedpeople exiled (597 BC)

  • The Exile & the Return

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    The Foreign Kings of the ExileNebuchadnezzar BabylonBelshazzar - BabylonCyrus Medo-Persia

    All humbled by GodAll used as his instruments

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    NebuchadnezzarDaniel & the Dream (Dan 2)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan 3)Driven Insane until he praises God (Dan 4)

    Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (Daniel 4:37)All humbled by GodAll used as his instruments

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    Belshazzar (Dan 5)Threw a party with temple treasures Ghost hand wrote his judgment on the wallCondemned for not learning from father Kingdom conquered that nightMedo-PersiaMedo-Persias rule over Judah from 539 BCAll humbled by GodAll used as his instruments

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    Cyrus the Great & the prophesyEnded exile in 538 BCprophesied by IsaiahIsaiah 44:28-45:7written 688 BC150yrs beforeManuscripts exists today that pre-date Cyrus!Cyrus responds appropriately:

    The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the LORD their God be with them. (2 Chron 36:23)

    All humbled by GodAll used as his instruments

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    The Return from Exile(Ezra1-3) 3 Trips900 miles!Zerubbabel in 538 BC Cyrus 50K pplEzra 80 yrs later 458 BCArtaxerxes -2K pplNehemiah 12yrs later 445 BC Artaxerxes-few

    Focusing today on the FIRST trip, Zerubbabel & Haggai

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    Deciding to Stay or Go1st trip: 50,000 pplmany stayed behindLong, difficult roadmany Jews were wealthyTraveling 900 mi to a ruined cityGod moved the hearts of a committed few

    Be constantly willing to change your lifestyle to build Gods Kingdom!God Firstgreat zeal upon return!Nervous about surrounding peoples (Ezra 3:3)Built altarstarted worshiping, though afraidBegan to lay foundation of temple

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    The OppositionThe would-be Samaritans Resettled after Assyrian conquest (722 BC)The Nice guy approach (Ezra 4)Zerubbabel rejects their help (Ez 4:2)The opposition escalatesbribing officialsFew faithful hands > many unfaithful hands

    Do not be yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14)

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    Running out of Gas?!Temple work stop after a few yrs535 BCCyrus dies 529 BC...Darius rules from 522BCFocus shifted to building homes not the templeDissapointed in temple foundation? (Ezra4:12)A once zealous people lose perspective

  • The Message of Haggai

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    The book of HaggaiMessage to Zerubbabel & JoshuaCh1 Breaking them downGod calls the people to focus on HIMCh 2 Building them upFocus on His glory in the temple, not how it looksGod declares them holy and promises fruitHe encourages Zerubbabel for his faithfulness

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    Haggai 1:1-12 the breakdownGod frustrated their work to expose their focusIf we focus on God he will take care of usIf we focus on us, he will get our attentionThey repented in their feargot back to work!Fruit grows by watering the rootnot the fruit

    Seek first His Kingdom, and God will take care of the rest

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    Haggai 1:13-15 the build-upI am with you. THE great promise; inspires boldness, courage and resolve!God stirred their spirits to be willing to work!Same promise when we seek & save the lost!Gods spirit protects us AND motivates us.Ps 51begging Gods spirit to be with & motivate

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    Haggai 2:1-9 I am with you

    Temple was looking less impressive outwardly

    but God promised more glory inwardly!

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    Haggai 2:10-19 I will bless youObject lesson on the importance of holinessBefore this Gods hand was against themafter this day it will be FOR them.From this day on I will bless you. (2:19)God declares an end to their fruitless labor

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    Haggai 2:20-23 the signet ringThe Lord will display his power,Zerubbabelchosen to be Gods signet ringGod is pleased when we lead others to him

  • Lessons Learned

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    Matt 6:33 Seek First His KingdomWater the root, not the fruit

    Spend your energy on getting what you wantHe will keep you from it to get your attention!

    More than he wants us comfortable

    He wants us HOME

  • Go get your Kids!!