Haggai 31

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Haggai – Day 31

Haggai 2:23

On that day, declares the Lord Almighty, I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord, and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the Lord Almighty.

The Thought

The Lord is speaking in this closing verse of Haggai’s prophecy, of an event very much in the future, when Jesus would be born. And people would discover that he, Zerubbabel, was in the lineage of the Saviour of the world. What a privilege!

The signet ring was a sign of high authority, which Zerubbabel already walked in, and had important relevance to the people of the Old Testament because signet rings of leaders were used to seal letters and edicts.

The first mention of a signet ring was when Pharaoh promoted Joseph from prisoner to “Prime Minister” because of his gift of dream interpretation. Joseph from then on, had the authority to sign things with the signet ring in Pharaoh’s name.

In the book of Esther, there is much “signing” of edicts by other people wearing the king’s signet ring. The “baddy” in Esther’s story, Haman first appears in Esther 3:1 when he is promoted to a seat of high honour. There is no explanation of why Haman should be honoured. So that remains a mystery. But it seems that this promotion went to his head!

Haman became extremely irritated when Mordecai, who was related to Queen Esther, refused to bow to him whenever he saw him.

Mordecai was a strict Jew and would bow only before his God, a dedication that almost cost him his life, (and that of the whole Jewish nation)! The following chapters of the book of Esther tell us how the brave queen saved her nation.


Like the book of Esther, Haggai’s prophecy ends on a very encouraging note. Read the two short chapters of Haggai today. Thank God for anything you have learned through this study.

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