“The word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest” (Haggai 1:1)
Haggai is introduced as a prophet who passes on the words of the Lord. He was not the only prophet mentioned in the Bible; in fact, the major part of the Old Testament consists of prophetic messages. Some of these contain revelations of future events, for example about a coming Savior who would reconcile God and man, or about God’s coming judgment on Israel and other nations.
But prophets did not only announce new things. They also were “spiritual quality managers”, who checked whether the people and their leaders were living according to God’s will. The Lord had given them his constitution and ordered them “to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) It was a task of the prophets to remind the people of these commandments and to call them to repentance if they had been unfaithful to the Lord. That’s exactly what Haggai was doing in his book, and the people listened to him.
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