Stir up the Gift

So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius. Haggai 1:14 NKJV.



Stirred up, ‘ur, Strong’s # 5782 To awaken, stir up, excite, raise up; to incite; to arose to action; to open one’s eyes. In the OT, ‘ur is used of an eagle stirring up its nest (Deut. 32:11) and of a musical instrument being awakened or warmed up for playing (Ps. 108:2). In Isaiah 50:4, the Lord awakens the prophet each morning and “awakens” his ear to hear God’s message.

The present reference is similar: God wakes up the spirit of Zerubbabel, inciting him to repair God’s temple. The message of Haggai the prophet (vs.13) is complemented by the direct activity of God who stirred up in cold hearts a renewed desire for doing His will. The builders began to work again with renewed energy.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:58:36

    Such repair work need to be done in our “Christian” nation. Oh, Lord, stir up your Spirit and wake up an evil and unthankful nation.

    Thanks, Manny.


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