Today you should read: Zechariah 4
Not by might or strength…
Ok, if this stuff isn’t hard for you to understand…you’re probably lying. Repent.
All jokes aside, this stuff can seem like another language sometimes. It’s really hard to see these chapters individually, without seeing the whole picture of the book, so I recommend really tracking with this book and staying consistent as we go through it.
What’s Going On? Long story short…Judah is back. It’s not fully restored, but it’s back from the exile of God’s discipline. There will still be hard times ahead as Israel is rebuilding. Ultimately, Israel will not be fully restored until God restores His relationship with them through Jesus Christ.
What’s with the vision? This vision of the lamp stands looks ahead and represents God watching over His people and fulfilling His promise to restore His people once and for all.
What’s the main point? Zerubbabel and Joshua were entrusted to rebuild the temple in Ezra 5:2, and now the angel of the Lord is reminding Zerubbabel that it will not be done by his own might or strength . . . it will be done by the Lord. This is found in verses 6 and 7:
“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!”
I think we can learn a simple but significant truth here. Zerubbabel is called to do the Lord’s work. He is called to do a good thing. But even in this good thing, God reminds him that it would be the Lord doing it. It would be Zerubbabel who was doing the work, but the Lord who was allowing the growth. This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 3:7:
“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
Sometimes this seems discouraging. We think we want to be the ones who cause the growth…but the issue is when the difficulties come, we learn quickly that we don’t have the strength. But when we will humble ourselves and look to the Lord to cause the growth, we will see the results that are found in verse 7:
“Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! “
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione