Outline: This is the final sermon in our series from the Book of Haggai covering two prophetic oracles given on 18 December 520BC. As such it completes our look at the idea of rebuilding the Jerusalem Temple as a symbol of building God’s Kingdom in the world.
We look at the two prophetic words in turn under two headings…..
* Kingdom Purity (vs10-19); this is a renewed call for holiness and purity among God’s people; a holiness that cannot be achieved by earning God’s acceptance through religious ritual – but which comes to us as God’s gracious gift. Ultimately this prophecy takes us to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
* Kingdom Promises (vs20-23); these are words to encourage Zerubbabel, governor of Judah who has led the temple rebuild. They point to a glorious future promise for the renewal of God’s people through the blood line of Zerubbabel (through whom the Messiah Jesus will eventually be born!)
Finally we consider Zerubbabel’s faithfulness to the call God gave him and how he points us towards faithful discipleship in the nitty gritty of everyday life.