Haggai 1:12-15 (ANIV)
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.
13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius.
TIME OF DAY:
Not specified in Bible, I have set this scene mid morning.
The sun (behind & to the right of the viewer) provides simple lighting for this scene.
(From left to right) Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, the prophet Haggai, an un-named Hebrew woman carrying an earthenwear jar, an un-named Hebrew man pushing a wooden cart.
Apparently Haggai translates as “festive”, so I was keen to pick up on that image & make my character seem
cheerful & jovially celebratory, hence his brightly coloured clothes. I was keen to show Zerubbabel in a rich outer robe (red) in my picture too. Joshua son of Jehozadak is clothed in more muted grey-blues, befitting his serious role of high priest.
This scene is set in about 520 b.c. during the first wave of exiles to return to Jerusalem, under Zerubbabel.
There were three exile deportations to Babylon in 605, 597 and 586 b.c. respectively. Then there were three returns from the land to Babylon in 538, 458 and 444 b.c.
The Book of Malachi was probably written in Nehemiah’s time.
There had been a delay of 23 days between the original prophecy (verse 1, “first day of the sixth month”) & the actual resumption of the work (verse 15 “24th day of the sixth month”). Why the delay? There may have been at leST TWO ELEMENTS to this delay:
01) The harvest of figs, grapes, and pomegranates was in the sixth month, and
02) There may have been a period of planning & gathering together of the materials needed to start the work. This 2nd point would certainly be borne out from what the Lord said in verse 7 & 8, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured,” says the Lord.”
Haggai 01 – Call to Rebuild Temple – Scene 03 – Temple work begins (close-up of un-named Hebrew workers)