Daily Devotional Tuesday 12th September 2023

by William Moody

Zechariah 4

A Vision of a Golden Lampstand

4:1 And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

“These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth.” 11 Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” 12 And a second time I answered and said to him, “What are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the golden oil1 is poured out?” 13 He said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” 14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones2 who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”


[1] 4:12 Hebrew lacks oil
[2] 4:14 Hebrew two sons of new oil


Here is a vision of great lampstand with seven lights which are fuelled from a bowl which is fed by two olive trees (v1-3).

Zerubbabel was a descendant of King David and a leader of the people (v6) He would be successful not through human might or power but through the Holy Spirit (v6). The olive trees which fuelled the great lampstand speak of the empowering and enlightening work of the Holy Spirit which is vital for the fruitfulness of God’s people.

Zerubbabel would be greatly used by God to encourage the rebuilding of the temple (v7-9). The top stone (v7) must refer back to the stone with seven eyes (3 v9) and speaks of how any building must be done on the Lord Jesus.

The two olive trees represent the Lord’s two anointed ones (v12-14), which must speak of Zerubbabel the leader and Joshua the High Priest. These important figures had the task of helping to refresh the people, to empower them for the work ahead. This is the task of all good leadership.

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