The people of Bethel, from the old northern kingdom of Israel sent a couple of representatives to Jerusalem. The two men were Sharezer and Regem-melech, both with Assyrian sounding names. They had come to Jerusalem to find favor with Yahweh. Thus, they went to his priests and prophets. They wanted to know if they still had to mourn and abstain in the 5th month of the year as they had done for many years. Apparently, the 5th month was when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 587 BCE. Was the time of mourning for the old Temple over?
Haggai once again spoke to the people of Jerusalem with the same enumeration as in the preceding chapter, Governor Zerubbabel, the high priest Joshua, and the remnant of the people. Haggai wanted to know who was there who remembered the old Temple, since they would have to be then 70 or 80 years old. Who remembered the former glory? How did it look now in ruins, as if it was nothing?
Almost like Moses in Exodus, Ezekiel’s vision of the future described what the new Temple should look like. Surprisingly, it was much like the old Temple. There was no indication that the Second Temple was built like this vision of Ezekiel indicated. First, this bronze man was going to measure the wall around the Temple. He took his measuring reed that was 6 long cubits. The long cubit was 4 inches longer or the width of a hand longer than the regular cubit that was about a foot and a half long. When this bronze man measured the thickness and the height of the wall, they were symmetrical, exactly the same, one reed or 6 long cubits, somewhere between about 10 feet high and 10 feet wide, a massive construction.