On that same day, December 18, the Lord sent this second message to Haggai: “Tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, that I am about to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow royal thrones and destroy the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their chariots and riders. The horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other.
“But when this happens, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, I will honor you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will make you like a signet ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
Haggai 2:20-23 New Living Translation
At the end of his short book, Haggai’s prophecies turn from being for the general community of Judah to a specific promise for Zerubbabel. Because of his obedience in leading the rebuilding of the Temple, God was giving Zerubbabel a place of honor in His Kingdom. He compared Zerubbabel to a signet ring that was used to place the seal of kings on their decrees. The signet ring was often worn around the neck of the king to make sure it was alway available when it was needed. God valued Zerubbabel that much.
Zerubbabel would have an important place in God’s future plans to shake the nations again. If God’s promised Messiah would be someone from the lineage of David, there needed to be a path through which the lineage of David was passed. Zerubbabel represented the fourth generation after Judah’s last righteous king, Josiah. The three sons of Josiah (and one grandson) had all been placed in exile by different nations (one to Egypt and three to Babylon). God’s promise to David could have ended with them. Instead, though, God used Zerubbabel to be the conduit within the lineage of David through which the promise would continue. Zerubbabel would be the seal marking the restoration of the succession line of David and would be the route through which the Messiah would come. God would continue to shake the nations as two more empires would take their turn of ruling the area around Jerusalem and would eventually set the stage to fulfill vision He had given Nebuchadnezzar through a dream. (See Daniel 2)
We each have a role in carrying out the mission of God throughout history. As we faithfully serve the purposes of the Kingdom of God, God values us much like the role Zerubbabel played in His plan. We may not be in the earthly lineage of the Messiah but to each of us who works faithfully at the priorities of the Kingdom of God at whatever capacity He gives them has the promise that they will hear “well done thou good and faithful servant at the final fulfillment of the Kingdom of God when Christ returns. Then God will shake the nations one final time and His true servants will be seen for who they are as they are sealed with His great signet ring, the Messiah who came through the lineage of Zerubbabel.
God, thank You that You have called us to be part of Your mission to call all things back into alignment with You. Help us to stay focused on the end goal, the final fulfillment of Your Kingdom.