Verse 1 ties it altogether since we just completed our studies in the books of the minor prophets Haggai and Zechariah. We can see that the prince, Zerubbabel, and the priest, Joshua (Jeshua), obeyed the words of the prophets and began again to rebuild the temple. Once again they were presented with obstacles but this time they stood their ground.
Does God issue any commands?
- Not in this passage, but in answering the opposition, specifically Tatnai and Shetharboznai, Zerubbabel and Joshua mentioned the decree originally made by Cyrus who had claimed to have been given a command by God to build the temple at Jerusalem.
Does God make any promises?
- God does not speak.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Zerubbabel is a type of Christ. He is a prince of the kingly line of David but he does not reign. Instead he does the work that God sent him to do which meant building the temple of God. Jesus also built the temple of God. The Apostle Paul said that those who believe in the work that Jesus did in obedience to His Father are actually temples of God built by Jesus.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- Not that I identified.