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By My Spirit | Zechariah 4:1-7 (NASB)

1 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.”

4 Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?” 5 So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

Zechariah 4:1-7 (NASB)

Perpetual lamp

Zechariah is woken up and given this vision of a lamp, the kind you’d find in the temple. This one was elaborate and special. It was like a perpetual motion machine. The two olive trees constantly fed pure oil to it. Normally, olives were harvested and pressed to get oil; this was divine; without human effort.

Wesley’s commentary suggests the two olive trees are, “an emblem of the church, made of pure gold; to be a light in the world; to shine as lamps that continually burn…”

By My Spirit

The angel tells Zerubabel that the work he is called to do will not be accomplished solely by human effort. It is a spiritual work that requires divine power.

This one hit me between the eyes. How often do I strive on my own power to do God’s work (or my own). It is true we need to work hard and with our whole heart. But we must remember that it is by His power, His Spirit, that the real work is done.

Encouragement

Remember why I selected Haggai, which led to the surrounding context? For the encouragement found in it. Here is the same encouragement to the Jews, especially Zerubbabel, to press on in the work. And a promise that he will complete it, by the Spirit.

God’s promise to us is like that – He will enable us to do the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10). He will not fail.

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