Zechariah 4-6 Dependence

         
                    DEPENDENCE
        Zechariah 4:1-6:15        July 22 2007

     This week’s lesson describes Zechariah’s remaining
    four vision and the crowning of Joshua. In the vision
    the lamp stand God revealed He would rebuild the
    temple through the power of the Holy Spirit , not
    through human power or might. The Holy Spirit’s
    instruments would be Zerubbabel and Joshua – God’s
    political and spiritual leader- and the people of God
    (Zech.4:1-14).
    God knows everyone’s sins and will bring judgment
    on them (Zech.5:1-4)
    Wickedness id not belonged in the past, in Babylon
    (Zech. 5:5-11).
    The vision showed that God, not Babylon or Persia
    or any other enemy, was in change of history
    (Zech. 6:1-8).
    The crowning of Joshua symbolized the combining
    of the offices of king and priest found in the
    Messiah , the Lord Jesus Christ (Zech. 6:9-15).

    1. A vision to Ponder (Zech.4:1-5)

Zech. 4:1   Then the angel who talked with me returned
and wakened me, as a man is wakened from his sleep.
4:2   He asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I
see a solid gold lamp stand with a bowl at the top and
seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights.
4:3   Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the
right of the bowl and the other on its left.” 4:4   I asked
the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
 4:5   He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”
No, my lord,” I replied.

    (Zech.4:1-14) The fifth vision. The Jews are
    encouraged to rebuild the temple by being reminded
    of their divine resources. The light from the
    lamp stand in the tabernacle /temple represents the
    reflection of God’s glory in the consecration and the
    holy service of God’s people ( Exodus. 25:31 )—made
    possible only by the power of God’s Spirit (Zech.4: 6;
    the oil, Zech.4:12). This enabling power will equip
    and sustain Zerubbabel in the rebuilding of the temple
    (Zech.4:6-10). And in the performance of their offices,
    Zerubbabel and Joshua (as representatives of the royal
    and priestly mediatorial offices) will channel the
    Spirit’s enablement to God’s people (Zech.4:11-14).
    (Zech.4:1) Wakened me. On the same night (Zech.1:8).
    What do you see? (Zech.5:2; Jer 1:11). The vision here
    was probably of seven lamps arranged around a large
    bowl that served as a bountiful reservoir of oil. The
    “seven channels to the lights” conveyed the oil from
    the bowl to the lamps. But the text is also open to a
    different interpretation, namely, that the “channels”
    are “lips” or “spouts” that hold the wicks of these
    oil lamps, and that each of these lamps had seven of
    them (thus a total of 49 flames). In any event, the
    bowl represents an abundant supply of oil,
    symbolizing the fullness of God’s power through his
    Spirit, and the “seven. . . seven” represents the
    abundant light shining from the lamps (seven being
    the number of fullness or completeness).
    Two olive trees. (Rev 11:4). The two olive trees stand
    for the priestly and royal offices and symbolize a
    continuing supply of oil. The two olive branches
    (Zech.4:12) stand for Joshua the priest (Chan. 3) and
    Zerubbabel from the royal house of David (Chan. 4;
    Zech.4:14). These two leaders were to do God’s work
    (on the temple and in the lives of the people) in the
    power of his Spirit (Zech.4:6). The combination of
    the priestly and royal lines and their functions
    points ultimately to the Messianic King-Priest and
    his offices and functions (Zech.6:13).
    The two olive trees of (Zech.4: 3, asZech.4:11) makes
    clear. The answer to the question is postponed until
    (Zech.4:14).

    2. A Message To Heed (4:6-10a)

Zech. 4:6   So he said to me, “This is the word of the
LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but
by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. 4:7   “What are
you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will
become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone
to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’ ” 4:8   Then the
word of the LORD came to me: 4:9   “The hands of
Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his
hands will also complete it. Then you will know that
the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. 4:10a   “Who
despises the day of small things?

    Not by might nor by power. Even though Zerubbabel
    does not possess the royal might and power that
    David and Solomon had enjoyed. By My Spirit.
    Interprets the symbolism of the oil (Zech.4:12). The
    angel encouraged Zerubbabel to complete the
    rebuilding of the temple (Zech.4:7-10) and assured
    him of the Spirit’s enablement.
    Mountain. . . Level ground. Faith in the power of God’s
    Spirit can overcome mountainous obstacles. The
    figurative mountain probably included opposition
    (Ezr 4:1-5,24) and the people’s unwillingness to
    persevere (Hag 1:14; 2:1-5).the same or similar
    imagery in (Isa 40:4; 41:15; 49:11; Mt 17:20; 21:21;
    Mk 11:23; 1Co 13:2; 2Co 10:4). Capstone. The final
    stone to be put in place (Psalms 118:22), marking
    the completion of the restoration temple by
    Zerubbabel (Zech.4: 9). God blessit! God Bless it !
    Repeated for emphasis (Zech.3:2;  Isa 40:1).
    Laid the foundation. In 537-536 B.C. (Ezr 3:8-11;
    5:16). Complete it In 516 (Ezr 6:14-16).
    Day of small thing. Some thought the work on the
    temple was insignificant (Ezr 3:12; Hag 2:3), but
    God was in the rebuilding program and, by his Spirit
    (Zech.4:6), would enable Zerubbabel to finish it.

    3. A Master To Serve (Zech. 4:10b-14)

Zech. 4:10b   Men will rejoice when they see the plumb
line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These seven are the eyes
of the LORD, which range throughout the earth.)” 4:11 
 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees
on the right and the left of the lampstand?” 4:12   Again
I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside
the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?” 4:13   He
replied, “Do you not know what these are?” No, my lord,
” I said. 4:14   So he said, “These are the two who are
anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”
 

    Plumb line. The meaning of the Hebrew for this
    phrase is uncertain. If “plumb line” is correct, the
    text states that the people would rejoice when they
    saw this implement in Zerubbabel’s hand to
    complete the task. But the Hebrew for these words
    may also be rendered “separated (chosen) stone,”
    referring to the capstone of (Zech.4:7). Seven. . . Eyes.
    (Zech.3:9). God oversees the whole earth and is
    therefore in control of the situation in Judah.
    The meaning of the vision is now explained. Two. . .
    Anointed. Zerubbabel from the royal line of David and
    Joshua the priest. The oil (Zech.4:12) used in anointing
    symbolizes the Holy Spirit (Zech.4:6). The combination
    of ruler and priest points ultimately to the Messianic
    King-Priest (Zech.6:13; Ps 110; Heb 7). Lord of all the
    Earth. The master of the circumstances in which
    Zerubbabel and the people found themselves.

    Summary:

        To this day I am still drawn to Books that
    emphasize prayer and the Holy Spirit’s ministry in
    the work of the church. Unless the Holy Spirit is
    allowed to work through God’s people , nothing
    lasting will be accomplished. That the Spirit wants
    to help is a constant source of encouragement and
    hope to preachers and teachers and all Christians
    as they serve the Lord.