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Zerubabbel as a Messianic figure As my text I am using the book of Haggai 223 In that day saith the Lord of hosts will I take thee O Zerubbabel my servant the son of Shealtiel saith the Lord and will make thee as a signet for I have chosen thee saith the Lord of hosts Thus the messianic promise was passed onto Zerubbabel the man that God entrusted to be the governor of Gods people upon their return to Israel and with the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem Zerubbabel was a leader a man of God and a faithful servant to Gods will Zerubbabel was a messianic figure This can be seen in a series of comparisons and contrast to Christ and His work To begin Zerubbabel was the son of Shealtiel and the grandson of Jehoiachin this is referenced in Ezra 32 and Matt 112 In I Chronicles 319 he is said to be the son of Pedaiah Shealtiels brother The explanation for this apparent discrepancy is very likely that Shealtiel died without having a son and either his nephew was his legal heir and therefore called his son reference here to Exod 210 or else Pedaiah married his brothers widow and therefore Zerubbabel became Shealtiels son by levirate law as can be referenced in Deut 255-10 In 1 Chronicles 317-19 Zerubabbel is listed as the heir to the throne of Judah He is also listed in the genealogy of Christ Jesus in Matt 114 and Luke 327 He is therefore by linage of the House of David and under the Davidic covenant Zerubabbel lived in exile in Babylonia with the his fellow Israelites However God reigns Sovereign over creation including the nations of the world As part of Gods process to return His people to the Judah God delivered the Babylonian empire into the hands of Cyrus the Persian who became after his
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