Thanks to Brian Wilkes, of the Cherokee Bible Project and Four Rivers Native American Church, for inviting us to provide a cover photo to his new book: Haggai in Cherokee (photo below). Haggai in Cherokee is one of a series of books in Cherokee on the "minor prophets."
The image we provided (photo at right) is a man-made rock formation, we found among many features near the Paleo-Indian site here at the Sanctuary on the Trail.™
Haggai was a Hebrew prophet (520 BCE) during the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and one of the 12 minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. The name means "to make a pilgrimage," and is related to the Arabic word hadj.
It can also mean "God's Festival", or to complete a circuit, as the Jewish people did when they returned from the Babylonian Exile
city in about in 537 BC; and Haggai appeared about 18 years later.
The remnant had returned, had laid the foundation, had built the Brazen Altar for offering of sacrifices; but then began the rebuilding of
the walls of the city. They built the walls in 52 days. Afterward they began the building of their own houses. They had left the temple, the dwelling place of God unbuilt.
God spoke to Haggai who wrote to the governor, Zerubbabel, and to the priest, Joshua, concerning the people's failure to rebuild the temple. The people had begun saying, "It's not time to rebuild the temple". Sixteen years had passed since the rebuilding of the walls, and the temple, God's dwelling place. still lay in ruins.
Haggai points out the shallowness of their dedication to God in leaving the temple in ruins. He sees the need for the governor and the priest to begin the rebuilding of the temple. He pointed out that their actions had brought unfavorable results of their harvests. Their failure to put God first had neither brought them blessing in their harvests, nor was conducive for renewal of inner conditions for establishing God's law.
Haggai wanted them to see that God had given divine leadership to the obedient leaders, Zerubbabel and Joshua, whom they should follow.
Although they were not a nation any more, they were still God's people.
This prophecy was chosen to be the first offering in our Old Testament series because of its theme of a nation conquered and removed, coming out of its exile and captivity, and still struggling to set its priorities. We believe this message will speak loudly to Native America, especially the Southeastern nations.
Publication Date:May 22 2015ISBN/EAN13:1512309168 / 9781512309164Page Count:32Binding Type:US Trade PaperTrim Size:7" x 10"Language:EnglishColor:Black and WhiteRelated Categories:Bibles / Other Translations / Reference