538 B.C. A monumental year for the Jews. It was the year that Cyrus proclaimed permission for them to return to the Promised Land. But, the trap that they fell into quite quickly was taking care of themselves and neglecting the main purpose for returning home.
Sometimes, just like this remnant, we need to be reminded to get on with the things of the church. The work the remnant was doing was very practical in nature, yet they had to be prodded to get on with it. Congregations require the occasional prodding and reminding that, besides our main focus of making disciples, there are practical duties that need to be done.