Monday, April 3, 2017
Block 62: Zerubbabel
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“’and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you.’” Haggai 2:23
Imagine the overwhelming joy, mixed with fear and trepidation, as the high priest Joshua and Zerubbabel led the first wave of Jews (42,000+) back to Jerusalem after years of Babylonian captivity. With the blessings of King Cyrus, they also returned the gold and silver vessels that King Nebuchadnezzar had removed from the temple. Encouraged by Haggai’s prophecies, Zerubbabel completed the temple reconstruction in four years. The years were not consecutive. The foundation was laid in the first two years, then after a seventeen-year hiatus, the construction resumed. This second temple became known (by historians) as Zerubbabel’s temple. Zerubbabel was given a special blessing. Haggai recounted the blessing at God’s direction, “I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtile, says the Lord, and will make you as a signet ring; for I have chosen you." Haggai 2:23
What was the significance of being called a signet ring? Ancient kings would often use a signet ring to indicate their authority or ownership. The ring would be used to stamp a seal of hot wax on a document to indicate it’s authenticity and authority. God was granting the Governor Zerubbabel a place of honor and authority. As God’s signet ring, God granted Zerubbabel the ultimate authority — Zerubbabel was a descendent of King David, and was now chosen to be an ancestor of Jesus (Luke 3:27).
As Zerubbabel worked to construct the second temple, he faced many obstacles. Many men would have given up, but Zerubbabel was chosen to be God’s signet ring. In Zechariah 4:7, God addressed the challenges that Zerubbabel faced, promising that Zerubbabel would be successful in completing the temple, shouting “God bless it, God bless it.” When we face a seemingly insurmountable task, we should try Zerubbabel’s approach and worship and praise God, remembering that God has an answer for us at His altar. God will meet our every need. He may not always give us what we want, but he will meet our every need.
I chose the Wishing Ring block to represent Governor Zerubbabel who was designated as God’s signet ring.