Message of Ezra & Haggai, the : Building For God (Bible Speaks Today Series)
The background to the books of Ezra and Haggai is the exile of Judah to Babylon in 587 BC and the return from exile following the edict of Cyrus in 538 BC. Ezra narrates the history of the period, while...
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The background to the books of Ezra and Haggai is the exile of Judah to Babylon in 587 BC and the return from exile following the edict of Cyrus in 538 BC. Ezra narrates the history of the period, while Haggai speaks into the situation where those who had begun to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1 - 3) had ceased to do so because of external opposition and internal failure of nerve (Ezra 4).
^^In Robert Fyall's valuable exposition, the pairing of Ezra with Haggai (instead of the more usual Nehemiah) enhances our appreciation of both. Ezra is a vital and stimulating book in its revelation of God's purposes, and Haggai's brief prophecy deals with highly significant issues.
^^The message of these books, with their emphasis on building for God and the need for obedience to his Word and openness to his Spirit, is one that needs to be heard clearly today. The theme of the providence of God is an encouragement to God's people in dispiriting times. ^
The Revd Dr Robert Fyall is Senior Tutor in Ministry for the Cornhill Training Course, Scotland. He was formerly Director of Rutherford House, Edinburgh, minister of a parish church in Scotland, and pastor of a large student church in Durham, where he also taught Old Testament at Cranmer Hall.
He is the author of How Does God Treat His Friends?: Learning from the Book of Job; Daniel: Tail of Two Cities; Now My Eyes Have Seen You: images of creation and evil in the book of Job (Volume 12, New Studies in Biblical Theology, InterVarsity); The Message of Ezra & Haggai: Building for God (The Bible Speaks Today); Teaching Amos: Unlocking the prophecy of Amos for the Bible Teacher and Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations: A Bible Commentary for Every Day (People's Bible Commentaries)
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