Zechariah 4* A vision of a candlestick, with two olive trees. (1-7) Furtherencouragement. (8-10) An explanation respecting the olive trees.(11-14)1-7 The prophet's spirit was willing to attend, but the fleshwas weak. We should beg of God that, whenever he speaks to us,he would awaken us, and we should then stir up ourselves. Thechurch is a golden candlestick, or lamp-bearer, set up forenlightening this dark world, and holding forth the light ofDivine revelation. Two olive trees were seen, one on each sidethe candlestick, from which oil flowed into the bowl withoutceasing. God brings to pass his gracious purposes concerning hischurch, without any art or labour of man; sometimes he makes useof his instruments, yet he needs them not. This represented theabundance of Divine grace, for the enlightening and making holythe ministers and members of the church, and which cannot beprocured or prevented by any human power. The vision assures usthat the good work of building the temple, should be brought toa happy end. The difficulty is represented as a great mountain.But all difficulties shall vanish, and all the objections be gotover. Faith will remove mountains, and make them plains. Christis our Zerubbabel; mountains of difficulty were in the way ofhis undertaking, but nothing is too hard for him. What comesfrom the grace of God, may, in faith, be committed to the graceof God, for he will not forsake the work of his own hands. 8-10 The exact fulfilment of Scripture prophecies is aconvincing proof of their Divine original. Though theinstruments be weak and unlikely, yet God often chooses such, tobring about great things by them. Let not the dawning light bedespised; it will shine more and more to the perfect day. Thosewho despaired of finishing the work, shall rejoice when they seeZerubbabel giving directions what to do, and taking care thatthe work be done. It is a comfort to us that the same all-wise,almighty Providence, which governs the earth, is in particularconversant about the church. All that have the plummet in theirhands, must look up to the eyes of the Lord, have constantregard to Divine Providence, act in dependence on its guidanceand submission to its disposals. Let us fix our faith on Christ,and view Him carrying on his work according to his own gloriousplan, and daily bringing his spiritual building nearer tocompletion. 11-14 Zechariah desires to know what are the two olive trees.Zerubbabel and Joshua, this prince and this priest, were enduedwith the gifts and graces of God's Spirit. They lived at thesame time, and both were instruments in the work and service ofGod. Christ's offices of King and Priest were shadowed forth bythem. From the union of these two offices in his person, bothGod and man, the fullness of grace is received and imparted.They built the temple, the church of God. So does Christspiritually. Christ is not only the Messiah, the Anointed Onehimself, but he is the Good Olive to his church; and from hisfulness we receive. And the Holy Spirit is the unction oranointing which we have received. From Christ the Olive Tree, bythe Spirit the Olive Branch, all the golden oil of grace flowsto believers, which keeps their lamps burning. Let us seek,through the intercession and bounty of the Saviour, suppliesfrom that fulness which has hitherto sufficed for all hissaints, according to their trials and employments. Let us waiton him in his ordinances, desiring to be sanctified wholly inbody, soul, and spirit.
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