God can do what seems impossible and He can use non-believers to do it!
That is a clear message in this week's lesson. King Cyrus of Persia is not a follower of Israel's Lord God. Yet God causes him to author a proclamation throughout his kingdom that the Jewish people be allowed to return to Jerusalem AND rebuild their temple with financial aid from the throne and his people. WOW!
The people returned and they began the work that needed to be done. Soon there was opposition from those already living in the area. They were concerned about the trouble a temple and thriving people could cause them. They started harassing the builders who soon became discouraged and decided to work on the building of their own homes instead of God's home.
Isn't that just like us? we get all pumped up and started doing something for God; but then we lose interest and start focusing on all the things we need to do for ourselves.
God sends Haggai and Zechariah to successfully encourage the people to start building. We have God's word and the people He sends to us to help us get going again. Are you reading? Are you listening?
You simply MUST read this chapter to find out how God turns the tables on those trying to stop the rebuilding project.