In verse 1, the “word of the LORD” came on the first day of the sixth month of the second year of Darius. Now it was the 24th day of the same month and year. Thus it took only a little more than three weeks for the remnant of Jews to respond. In other words, the response was immediate, and God’s spirit came on (1) Zerubbabel, the “governor,” or civil prince; (2) Joshua, the high priest; and (3) the people. However, it took a prophet, speaking in the name of Jehovah, to light the fuse, as it were, to bring this energy.