“ ‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:23
The last three verses of the book of Haggai contain one final message for Zerubbabel, and the message comes in two parts. The first part is a declaration of what God is going to do among the nations, and the second part is what he is going to do with Zerubbabel.
The first part reads this way, “I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; l will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.”
Israel and Judah had suffered much at the hands of the gentile nations. Her cities had been destroyed, the temple had been leveled, and many of their family members had been either killed or dispersed across a vast empire, and they had been powerless to prevent any of it.
Now God is promising that he will be the one doing the shaking and that it will be the gentiles that will be being shaken. What’s more his message indicates that he won’t be requiring the man power any Jewish men and boys to accomplish the shaking of the armies of the gentile nations. No the gentile horsemen and charioteers will be brought down by the swords of their own brothers.
Then God promises Zerubbabel, “In that day … I will take you … and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you.”
A signet or signet ring is a sign or seal of the authenticity of a message or messenger. Any person or communication bearing that seal would be understood to be possessing the full authority of the person to whom the seal belonged. In this promise God doesn’t merely say that he will place his seal on Zerubbabel. He promises to make Zerubbabel like a signet or seal. What does that mean. It means that Zerubbel will be so associated with God that anyone possessing the seal or sign of Zerubbabel would be recognized as also representing or being connected to God; it was that evident that God had chosen Zerubbabel.
Friends, God wants to chose you and me as well, and, if we will be obedient to him, we too will become a signet for God. People will recognize that when we speak or act we speak and act for God. Our faithfulness to him will shine out from all we do. His love, his kindness, his faithfulness, his righteousness and holiness his Spirit will be demonstrated in all we do. Everything about us will declare that we have been chosen by God.