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Chapter 4

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1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

9 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.

10 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.

11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

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

Commentary for Zechariah 4

A vision of a candlestick, with two olive trees. (1-7) Further encouragement. (8-10) An explanation respecting the olive trees. (11-14)1-7 The prophet's spirit was willing to attend, but the flesh was weak. We should beg of God that, whenever he speaks to us, he would awaken us, and we should then stir up ourselves. The church is a golden candlestick, or lamp-bearer, set up for enlightening this dark world, and holding forth the light of Divine revelation. Two olive trees were seen, one on each side the candlestick, from which oil flowed into the bowl without ceasing. God brings to pass his gracious purposes concerning his church, without any art or labour of man; sometimes he makes use of his instruments, yet he needs them not. This represented the abundance of Divine grace, for the enlightening and making holy the ministers and members of the church, and which cannot be procured or prevented by any human power. The vision assures us that the good work of building the temple, should be brought to a happy end. The difficulty is represented as a great mountain. But all difficulties shall vanish, and all the objections be got over. Faith will remove mountains, and make them plains. Christ is our Zerubbabel; mountains of difficulty were in the way of his undertaking, but nothing is too hard for him. What comes from the grace of God, may, in faith, be committed to the grace of God, for he will not forsake the work of his own hands.

8-10 The exact fulfilment of Scripture prophecies is a convincing proof of their Divine original. Though the instruments be weak and unlikely, yet God often chooses such, to bring about great things by them. Let not the dawning light be despised; it will shine more and more to the perfect day. Those who despaired of finishing the work, shall rejoice when they see Zerubbabel giving directions what to do, and taking care that the work be done. It is a comfort to us that the same all-wise, almighty Providence, which governs the earth, is in particular conversant about the church. All that have the plummet in their hands, must look up to the eyes of the Lord, have constant regard to Divine Providence, act in dependence on its guidance and submission to its disposals. Let us fix our faith on Christ, and view Him carrying on his work according to his own glorious plan, and daily bringing his spiritual building nearer to completion.

11-14 Zechariah desires to know what are the two olive trees. Zerubbabel and Joshua, this prince and this priest, were endued with the gifts and graces of God's Spirit. They lived at the same time, and both were instruments in the work and service of God. Christ's offices of King and Priest were shadowed forth by them. From the union of these two offices in his person, both God and man, the fullness of grace is received and imparted. They built the temple, the church of God. So does Christ spiritually. Christ is not only the Messiah, the Anointed One himself, but he is the Good Olive to his church; and from his fulness we receive. And the Holy Spirit is the unction or anointing which we have received. From Christ the Olive Tree, by the Spirit the Olive Branch, all the golden oil of grace flows to believers, which keeps their lamps burning. Let us seek, through the intercession and bounty of the Saviour, supplies from that fulness which has hitherto sufficed for all his saints, according to their trials and employments. Let us wait on him in his ordinances, desiring to be sanctified wholly in body, soul, and spirit.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Zechariah 4

  • Manku Marcell Jackson for verse 6
    This word comes very handy in the study of will power. One can never ever have enough will power to resist all temptations. Especially in the most trying times. The bible says our lives should not be will power led but led by the spirit. Zechariah 4:6 says "Not by force or by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of armies." Only through the Spirit of the living God, could we resist temptation against unGodly act. Seek God first, before relying on your own will of power so that God may strengthen your will power and help you through all temptations. John 15:5 Jesus says "Apart from me, you can do nothing" This goes to further proof that no matter how strongly will powered you may think you are, no matter how intelligent you may think you are, without the spirit of the living God you couldn't do nothing no matter how hard you tried. Thank you Lord for your spirit that guides and lead us at all times when we seek it our father. Lord I pray that it dwells in my mind, my body, my heart and soul that through all I must seek the spirit of the living God. Amen
  • Paul Ramdat for verse 14
    I concur that the anointed ones are indeed Jesus our Lord and the Holy Spirit. Having read verse 14, I pondered for a while as to whom these would be. I thank our Lord for His Holy Spirit who revealed to me this same conclusion. OH! How I praise and glorify His Holy name.
  • the 2 anointed ones are christ and immanuel the h.g. ....also in the ark of the covenant the 2 churibim of GLORY WERE ON HIS RIGHT HAND AND HIS LEFT HAND....SAME AS ZECH 4..A PICTURE OF THE KINGDOM.....AND THE TRINITY
  • Michael
    I think God have His own ways of doing things at His own time. Not by might, nor by power, "But By My Spirit " saith the Lord of hosts. 4:6b. God I Thank You For This Revelation, Help Me To Know You More In Jesus Name Amen.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 4 1 12 15 7:12 I believed that the entire Chapter 4 was the vision of Zechariah about the candlesticks which have two olive trees standing in both sides which are the anointed ones. And he shall bring forth the headstone thereof. The candlestick that gives light and the headstone according to the BOOK OF PSALMS 118:22 that people refused Him. Thank to Almighty God that He gave his only begotten Son that SAVE us for our sins. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. A-men.
  • It 's always important to put God first in all things. Through his spirit he is able to guide us step by step towards victory. Father Lord Almighty I commit everything unto you, see me through all my needs and desires in line with your perfect will. Amen

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Bible Trivia

Who completed the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple after the Babylonian exile?
  • Solomon
  • David
  • Hezekiah
  • Daniel
  • Zerubbabel