Sunday Morning Podcast July 14, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ZECHARIAH 4:1-10
1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,
2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
A great work, in the day of small things. This is the picture of restoration that God had performed for His people. God had called them back. They returned in three different waves, out from exile. They would perform something special, and God would be a part of that! This passage is one, that also speaks to us today. Can you picture a grand structure that has become one of destruction? That’s what it was like for God’s people. This structure needed to be one of strength and power, and not of ruins. So that God would have a people to represent Him, then and today, in the midst of the darkness of this world. God has always had a people that would be “a light.” There will be an ultimate judgement for all humanity, not by us, but by the Lord. Verse 7; a great mountain here as the “symbol of opposition.” God tells us that this will be in our lives, but God reminds us, that “HE is greater, and will level it!” These ruins were overwhelming! In the first wave of God’s children leaving, the city had not been completely destroyed. So when they came back, they saw much more destruction. They must have felt so very helpless! But God wanted them to understand, that He would be their author and finisher! Here, and ultimately also of our faith. All the doubts, fears, worries, etc, need to be put on the Potter’s wheel, to be remade. Just as later, Jesus referred Peter’s faith, to us being built on Jesus our Rock, (Matthew 16:16-18) all of us need to be first broken so that “The Potter” can remake us in His Image. A great work! If you haven’t been building in Jesus, you are like all of us were before Salvation. There’s a lot of what we believed that was not of a firm foundation. Just a fact of our human self. We had to ask ourselves what we were really building on? A pile of rubble?
“For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:10 The plummet is the plumb line used to make our vessel level, and measured properly. Christ is the plumb line, which measures His Church. Christ is still the head, …He measures Truth. He as the plumb line is still there! The Israelite’s had been delivered to go back to where they needed to go. They had found the temple in ruins. Sin had damaged the temple. It was not okay that way. That is not acceptable to God. It could not be used in it’s destroyed condition. Is your temple/vessel fit for the Master’s use? For sin is still a separation from God, and is the certain ruination of lives. But what is destroyed, can be rebuilt in an instant! A life ruined by sin! A life of rubble! Our lives needed a supernatural power to rebuild and bring life back from the ruins of sin. Sin destroys our souls. But we can present ourselves a broken vessel to the Potter. He can remake us! But we will need to abstain from worldliness, to follow the strait and narrow path Christ leads on. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” 1 Peter 2:11. Don’t be discouraged, …God is in the business of rebuilding lives! Are you consecrated with your whole heart? Do you mean to make the changes, and decisions that it will require? So God can rebuild you according to His Image?
A Great Work In The Day of Small Things….