Zephaniah and Haggai – Questions and Answers
The books of Zephaniah and Haggai are both minor prophets. But like all of the other minor prophets their message is major. Both Zephaniah and Haggai prophecy of coming judgement on God’s rebellious people partly because they were delaying to rebuild God’s temple at Jerusalem.
What is a fish gate in Zephaniah 1:10? This was a gate of Jerusalem that was near the fish market.
What does “lees” mean in Zephaniah 1:12? Lees is the crusted sediment of dried yeast on wine barrels. Here it is referred to those wicked lazy people who are settled in their undisturbed evil ways.
What would they build houses and not live in them in Zephaniah 1:13? Part of God’s judgment was that these wicked people will not be able to enjoy what they have earned. They will have built houses but could not enjoy them.
They thought that the end was near back then too. The last few verses of Zephaniah are about God’s judgment on Jerusalem.
Did God consume all things in Zephaniah 1:3? He didn’t as of this writing but He was telling the people through the prophet Zephaniah exactly what He was going to do.
In Zephaniah 1:7 what is meant “for the day of the LORD is at hand”? The judgment of the LORD is as near as your hand.
In Zephaniah 1:8 what is meant “are clothed with strange apparel”? I think that this is referring in the practice of worshipping strange gods, there were special clothes to be worn for this worship.
Who are they talking about in Zephaniah 3? This chapter is all about the city of Jerusalem.
What was God so against the sea coast in Zephaniah 2:5 &6? This was an area that was inhabited by Philistines and God was going to destroy these heathens.
What does “ceiled” mean in Haggai 1:4? Complete and comfortable houses, with ceilings that don’t leak.
Why do they have to go up to the mountain to build His house in Haggai 1:8? This is probably a reference to the mountain of Lebanon where there are cedar trees for the temple of the LORD.
What do they mean who is left among you that saw this house her first glory in Haggai 2:3? Who are those that are old enough that remembered the original temple, the one Solomon built?
What does it mean in the skirt of his garment in Haggai 2:12? The end of their garments, perhaps their robe, where they could use to carry something if they so wished.
In Haggai 2: 21 did God make an earthquake? Perhaps, but it could also mean that God would send destroying armies to overthrow the heathen.
Finished with Zephaniah and Haggai? Continue to Zechariah.