The golden lamp stand and two olive trees.
VERSE 1. The angel who talked with me came again and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep.
VERSE 2. He said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I have seen, and behold, a lamp stand all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;
a lamp stand. In this context, the lamp stand was probably similar to the lamp stand in the tabernacle, and the ten lamp stands in Solomon’s temple.
VERSE 3. and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it.”
two olive trees. To either side of the lamp stand were two olive trees.
VERSE 4. I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”
VERSE 5. Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”
VERSE 6. Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, “This is the LORD’s word to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of Hosts.
NIV translation. Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the LORD Almighty.
but by my Spirit. For a child of God, the victory is supernaturally caused. The real work is done by the LORD God.
We make plans and do our best, but the LORD God is the one who makes us fruitful.
2 Maccabees 15:21. Maccabaeus, perceiving the presence of the troops, and the various weapons with which they were equipped, and the savageness of the elephants, holding up his hands to heaven called upon the Lord who works wonders, knowing that success comes not by weapons, but that, according to how the Lord judges, he gains the victory for those who are worthy.
VERSE 7. Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a plain; and he will bring out the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace, to it!’ ”
VERSE 8. Moreover the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 9. “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands shall also finish it; and you will know that the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you.
VERSE 10. Indeed, who despises the day of small things? For these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the LORD’s eyes, which run back and forth through the whole earth.”
NIV translation. Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
the day of small things. A new season of victory might begin with a modest success.
Do not despise small beginnings. It’s good to just get started! Don’t overlook even a tiny success!
VERSE 11. Then I asked him, “What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lamp stand and on the left side of it?”
VERSE 12. I asked him the second time, “What are these two olive branches, which are beside the two golden spouts that pour the golden oil out of themselves?”
VERSE 13. He answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”
the Lord. The Hebrew word translated “Lord” (mixed case) is Adonai.
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