Sunday, November 24, 2019

Zechariah 4 & 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 4 & 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Zechariah experiences more visions. The first one in chapter 4 involves a lampstand, surrounded by seven lamps as well as two olive trees. (The olive trees were sources of oil to fuel the lampstands.)
  • The trees in this vision would ensure that the lamps had a virtually unlimited supply of fuel and could burn indefinitely. The angel explains that just as the lamps would keep burning, God would provide an endless supply of energy to his people and restore them to greatness.
  • References are made to a guy named Zerubbabel. It is believed he was one of the early authority figures who helped re-establish Jerusalem.
  • Chapter 5 opens with a vision of a scroll that flies across the land to curse people who did not honor God.
  • The final vision of today's reading is a strange one. It involves a woman in a basket. She represents wickedness and flies away to a different kingdom, where wickedness will be put on a pedestal. This is a reference to leaders and nations who are turning away from God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Zechariah was seeing all of these visions about Jerusalem's future greatness at a time when Jerusalem was in ruins. It must have sounded unbelievable to think that a destroyed city would become healthy and thriving. 
  • In Zechariah 4:10, God says, "Do not despise these small beginnings." Even when a better future feels impossible, God is at work. We can cherish those moments when we are staring down a future or a goal that feels unachievable.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Has God given you a dream or a goal that sounds too good to be true? Thank him for equipping you with that, and ask Him to guide your steps as you follow the journey to that dream. Thank him for "small beginnings," and for the start of a God-sized adventure.