The date is 18th December 520 BC, a few months after the building work had started. There was apparently a moment perhaps a ceremony when a foundation stone was laid. The people are called to look back and look forward, each way considering carefully that as they turn in repentance God stands ready to bless them. As they look forward they see that God was going to establish Zerubbabel as their leader who himself is a forerunner to Jesus.
To listen to Graham Nicholls preaching from Haggai 2 at Christ Church on Sunday morning 23rd September 2012 use the link below.
Series: Haggai (2012)