Daily Archives: August 7, 2019

August 7 – Zechariah 4

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Zechariah 4

The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees

Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep. He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I replied.
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.
“What are you, 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!’”
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “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.
10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?”
12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”
13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I said.
14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”

SOAP Note

Be A Light | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Zechariah 4:1-2

Observation

My bible notes that this vision encouraged Joshua and Zerubbabel in the work of rebuilding the temple and vindicated them before the community with the assurance that God’s Spirit would empower them. The lampstand of solid gold represents the idea of testimony, and the two olive trees are Joshua and Zerubbabel, who testify to Gods power. The golden oil represents the spirit of God. The number seven symbolizes perfection or completion. Just as there was a constant supply of oil without human aid, so Zerubbabel’s work would not be completed by human hands but by God’s power.  The eyes of the Lord probably suggests that God is all-seeing and all-knowing. The fourth and fifth visions reveal a time of spiritual renewal for the people of Judah and Jerusalem, which will find its completion in the messianic kingdom. These two visions also make clear that God’s work faces opposition from both spiritual and physical enemies whose efforts, nevertheless, will fail.

Application

When I think of a lampstand, I think of light. There have been many times when I have gotten down about different things. But God reminds me to be a light to someone in this dark world. Even a smile or “hello” might brighten someone’s mood, attitude, or even their whole day which in turn might encourage others around them, and have a ripple effect of encouragement.

Prayer

Dear Father, thank You for others who encourage me when I’m not having a great day, and thank You for reminding me to be a light to someone else each day. Amen.

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