Zechariah sees a golden lamp stand with seven lamps which are fed by oil from two Olive trees. The angel gave Zechariah the meaning, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” The Lord was saying that the rebuilding of the Temple was not to be accomplished by man’s power but by the power of God.
As Zerubbabel and Joshua looked at their situation comparing it with the temple built by Solomon what a contrast. The foundation they laid for the rebuilding was much smaller. Solomon had great resources of workers and of gold, silver and brass. They needed more of everything. They could never match the furnishings of Solomon’s temple. He had peace and help from his neighbors, while they had constant opposition. The human outlook declared, “It cannot be done.”
Symbolic furnishing may be gone, but the realities they symbolized were not gone. God was not gone. He was with them. “Despise not the day of small beginnings.” “The mountain of difficulties will be overcome and you will place the capstone, finishing what you started.” This is the way God’s work is accomplished. It has been experienced again and again in the history of His church (read, pp. 594-597 in, “Prophets and Kings).
The two olive trees which Zechariah saw, symbolize the two “anointed ones” literally, “sons of fresh oil,” who stand before the Lord of the whole earth. How do the lamps give light? They give light by the oil that feeds them. “God’s word is a lamp and a light” for the whole world. We have God’s word because the Holy Spirit, symbolized by the oil, inspired men to write that which God gave to them. As people read or hear the word, the Holy Spirit makes the word pierce their mind and heart. The living word which abides forever awakens them to life.
“Revived by His word,” came true for Zerubbabel. He was able to complete his God-given mission. It will do the same for us when we take His word into our lives.
Retired Pastor, USA