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Dependence     Zechariah 4:1-14     07-22-07

 

Introduction

An angel of the Lord asked Zechariah questions he could not answer.  Now he was the prophet of God but did not know the answers.  He learned even more his need to grow in Dependence.  Donít all of us need that lesson?

 

 

1.         The . . Angelic Vision Concerning Dependence.   4:1-6

            A.        The . . Illumination Of The Vision.  4:1-3

                        4:1 The angel who was speaking with me then returned and roused me as one awakened out of sleep.  2 He asked me, "What do you see?"  I replied, "I see a solid gold lampstand there with a bowl on its top. It has seven lamps on it and seven channels for each of the lamps on its top.  3 There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."

 

            B.        The . .Inquiry Of The Vision.  4:4-5

                        4 Then I asked the angel who was speaking with me, "What are these, my lord?"

5 "Don't you know what they are?" replied the angel who was speaking with me. I said, "No, my lord."

 

            C.        The . .Instruction Of The Vision.   4:6

                        6 So he answered me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of Hosts.

 

            God's building projects properly done will never bring honor to man's strength, or might.  The Lord knows it is best for His people to depend upon Him.  He desires to accomplish His work by empowering His people with the abilities, and supernatural strength to accomplish His goals.  In the text God sends an angel to give a vision highlighting ma's dependence.  After the illumination of the vision the angel makes an inquiry to Zechariah and asks him what he sees.  Zechariah also inquires about the details of the vision, and the angel registers surprise that he does not understand.   The angel then gives instruction simplifying the meaning of the vision.  Verse six of the text is a very popular verse of scripture, and certainly indicates why we need to depend upon the Lord, and His power.

 

 

2.         The . . Authority Gained Through Dependence.   4:7-10

            A.        The Authority . . Promised For Zerubbabel.   4:7

            7 'What are you, great mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it!'"

 

            B.        The Authority . . Provided To Zechariah About Zerubbabel.   4:8-9

                        8 Then the word of the LORD came to me:   9 "Zerubbabel's hands have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you.

 

            C.        The Authority . . Plumbed In Zerubbabel's Hand.   4:10

                        10 For who scorns the day of small things? These seven eyes of the LORD, which scan throughout the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand."

 

            Authority comes through God's grace.  A person may not recognize God's grace but it is there never the less.  Grace is unmerited favor to the lost and the saved.  To have authority one should recognize where it comes from, and be dependent upon the source of authority.  If a person is what we call, "self made," he/she better recognize God allowed he/she to obtain such authority.  Zechariah received a promise of authority to be given to Zerubbabel.  The all seeing eyes of God will rejoice as He beholds the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand.  Did Zerubbabel proceed with the building without a recognition, and dependence, of his authority given under God's authority and provision?  I think not!  He moved ahead against all the obstacles Satan could muster, and grew in His dependence on the Lord.  Do you face a major task today?  Depend upon the Lord to grant you the necessary spiritual power to advance the physical gift gave you.

 

3.       The . . Advancement Gained Through Dependence.   4: 11-14

            A.        Advancement Gained Through Dependent . . Admissions.   4:11-13

                        11 I asked him, "What are the two olive trees on the right and left of the lampstand?"  12 And I questioned him further, "What are the two olive branches beside the two gold conduits, from which golden oil pours out?"  13 Then he inquired of me, "Don't you know what these are?"  "No, my lord," I replied.  

 

            B.        Advancement Gained Through Dependent . . Answers.   4:14

                        14 "These are the two anointed ones," he said, "who stand by the Lord of the whole earth."

 

I went to seminary thinking I would come out with all, or at least, most of the answers.

To my surprise the most recognized, and brilliant professors seemed to easily say, ďI donít know.Ē  Today I realize the more you know the more you understand you donít know, and admitting you donít know guides you to be even more dependent upon the Lord.  Zechariah did not understand the meaning of the olive trees and branches.  The answer the angel gave seemed to satisfy Zechariah, but still causes us to question what they mean.  Most say they refer to the offices of the anointed king, and priest.  That may very well be correct, but from this we learn anew our need for submissiveness to the Lord and Dependence.  Amen?  Amen!