The people were discouraged at the modest structure of the new Temple as they started rebuilding it. God assured them of His presence, His promise, and His power. The future glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house.
Let’s recap. The Israelites came back from 70-years of captivity in Babylon.
• They rebuilt the altar and started work on the Temple but the local Samaritans opposed them (cf. Ezra 3).
• They were so discouraged they stopped work for some 16 years. Nothing was done to God’s house while they busy