This is another vision where Zechariah sees the golden lampstand and olive trees. The ultimate meaning of this vision answers the question “How will any Christian finish the work that the Lord has given them to do?” It is by the Spirit of God.
In verses 1-5:
The angel came and woke Zachariah up. He saw the candlestick which represents Israel. The olive trees supplied oil (the Spirit of God) for the lamps (Israel) to shine. What do we see?
In verses 6-8:
Zerubbabel was tasked to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 3:2; Haggai 1:1, 2:23). Haggai and Zechariah were tasked with giving moral and spiritual support to do the work. Zerubbabel could do nothing without God, no might, no power, no money, no smooth talking, only by God’s Spirit. We cannot do anything unless God works through us. How can we let our light shine if we continually let the devil blow out the flame? Do we have enough oil (the Spirit of God)? Are we resupplying our oil (the Spirit of God)? Do we need to change our wick?
No matter what the devil puts in front of us, with God all things are possible. Climbing mountains can strengthen our muscles and endurance. Our strength comes not from ourselves, not by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit. It is only through God that anything of value will last. Indeed, the exiles who had returned were weak, harassed by their adversaries, exhausted, discouraged, and poor. However, they actually had God on their side. We must be determined not to rely on our own abilities or strength as we live for God. Hosea 1:7 says that instead, we ought to work with the power of His Spirit and rely on God.
In verses 9-10:
Zerubbabel laid the foundation and will finish the Temple in 516 B.C. (Ezra 6:14-15). How? Because he was submissive to God’s will. Often, we are afraid to step out on faith. We need to listen for the Holy Spirit’s calling and wait for the Holy Spirit to call us.
In verses 11-14:
We see the two olive trees, two olive branches, and two golden pipes. These could represent Zerubbabel and Joshua who were dedicated for the task, how the spirit flowed through them to reach the children of Israel. These could also represent the two witnesses in the book of Revelation. What type of witness are we if we are witnessing at all?
We need to realize that it is only through the Holy Spirit that anything of value is accomplished. Determine not to trust in our own strength or abilities. Depend on God and work in His power. What we do for God may seem and insignificant, God rejoices in what is right. Be faithful in small opportunities. Begin where we are, do what we can, leave results to God.
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