It has been quite some time since dealing with the prophecy of Zechariah, but I am back to it today. The portion we look at in this study is while the Angel of the LORD is speaking with Zechariah concerning the temple which was built in the remnant’s return from Persia, and the Babylonian captivity.
There are people who seem to think that smallness is a bad thing, and some in Zechariah’s day were seeing the foundation of the rebuilt temple as smaller than the previous one, which was Solomon’s Temple, and it was significantly smaller. Let us consider the significance of “Smallness” in life. We all start out as wee little babies, that is no secret; but then grow into monsters sometimes to build majestic empires in our own names. Smallness is not bad, especially when God is in. In the case of churches; there are many more small churches, than there are large Mega-churches (if there is really such a thing). When I speak of churches here I mean the people, the congregation which makes up the Church. Let us not despise the blessing of “Smallness” as God leads us.
“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:8-10 (KJV)
The Word of the LORD came to Zechariah; and this is the angel of the LORD who has been speaking with him since the beginning (v. 5, 1:11, 12); saying that Zerubbabel would lay the foundation of the “house” and would “finish it”. This is during the time of Ezra (Ezra 5:1-2). The people complained of the temple being so small in comparison to Solomon’s, and not so glorious (Haggai 2:1-9). Reading Zechariah and Haggai we see that God endorses, designs, and approves this smaller temple.
Zerubbabel’s finishing the temple; though “Smaller” and “less glorious”; was evidence that the LORD of hosts had sent the angel to Zechariah. There will be rejoicing in the presence of the LORD, and no one should despise the “small things” which the LORD has designed, and approved.
“The plummet” is the measuring line which Zerubbabel used in measuring and laying out the foundation. The “seven eyes” is the fulness of the LORD’s Spirit in the rebuilding of this temple. He is delighted in it. He is glorified in it, and will be glorified in the future temple of the returned Messiah, the King of kings. In the writings of the Chronicles of the kings it is written;
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
The “Eyes of the LORD” are eyes of peace and love to those who yield to His power and glory. He knows every heart, and every thought, and sees every deed of mankind. He does show Himself strong for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. The remnant returning to Jerusalem, and rebuilding the temple were blessed by God the LORD in their obedient faith to Him. Those who return to the LORD in faith will be blessed for their obedient faith in that future day, and every day they will return to Him.
Let us not be down trodden with concerns about the size of our churches, businesses, or our “kingdoms”, but rather be blessed in knowing that God approves the work of “Small things” when they are done in obedience to Him.
-Tim A. Blankenship