Posted by: mattcolvin | January 31, 2012

Can’t Read Haggai 2 Without Thinking of Handel


Wednesday of the 4th Week after Epiphany: Haggai 2.

This prophecy is important theologically because it is given after the return from exile and the completion of Zerubbabel’s Temple. It is small and lacking in glory compared to Solomon’s, but YHWH promises that He will yet glorify it with His presence — a prophecy fulfilled when Jesus entered the building hundreds of years later.

This is one of those passages that I can never read without hearing music in my head — in this case, the bass aria from the Messiah:


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