1. To rebuild His temple in Jerusalem.
  2. In the second year of King Darius they began to rebuild the Temple of the Lord.


  1. The temple had lost its importance and priority to them. They were very complacent.
  2. The temple will be filled with more glory than that of the previous temple. People from all nations would come to the temple.
  3. The people were defiled to God. They were unclean, making the temple unclean. They needed to purify their hearts.
  4. God struck the people with famine, blight, mildew, and hail. He held back the work of their hands.
  5. God wanted them to remember the lack of food, grain, and oil before the temple was rebuilt and how bountiful and blessed they will be from that day forward after laying the foundation of the new temple.