Haggai 2:20-23 The Work Of Zerubbabal The Governor.
The LORD then had a word for the governor in particular. It is a word of promise. That the kingdoms of the world would be overthrown by the LORD Himself, even from within (vv. 20-22 Cf. 1:1, 14; 2:6-7; Ezra 5:2; Ps. 46:9; Ezek. 39:20; Dan. 2:44; Mic. 5:10; Zech. 4:6-10; 9:10; Heb. 12:26-27; Rev. 19:11-21). Nevertheless, the LORD would also work through him to effect His will and purposes. Zerubbabal was chosen by the LORD of hosts to be His servant for this work (v. 23a). He would be as the LORD’s signet ring, marking and sealing his work with the stamp and symbol of the LORD’s authority and power (v. 23b Cf. Gen. 38:18; Ex. 28:11; 39:6; Jer. 22:24; Dan. 6:17). Finally, as the LORD’s servant, “Zerubbabal was God’s chosen representative to accomplish His work. Isaiah spoke of a greater Servant who would come, whom Zerubbabal foreshadows (Is. 43:10). Jesus is both the descendant of Zerubbabal (Matt. 1:12) and the Servant of God (Acts 4:27-30)” (NGSB p.1463). Ironically, according to Strong’s, Zerubbabal means ‘descendant of Babylon,’ the place from which they had been delivered from captivity.