The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Haggai
Haggai 1 contains a challenge and a response. The prophet Haggai confronts the returning exiles of Judah for having misplaced their priorities. While they build paneled homes, they leave the temple of God unfinished for about sixteen years, rationalizing that it is not time to complete it.
Haggai urges the Judeans to reconsider their attitude toward life and rebuild the temple so that God may restore their fortunes. The people respond positively to Haggai’s plea. Then, the LORD stirs up their spirit, enabling them to complete the building project. The outline of the passage is as follows: