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The Might of the Lord

January 24, 2016 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Zechariah

Topic: AM Service Passage: Zechariah 4:1–14

It has been said that “everybody likes a winner.” In the same vein, we are often most comfortable and happy when we are on the side of something that is great and grandiose. We enjoy being a part of something big, of knowing that we can “make a difference.” For this reason we are often reluctant to take on small tasks or do things that seem ordinary and “everyday.” This way of thinking, however, runs counter to the Lord’s will for us. As the Apostle Paul said, God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 9) and this is a cause for our rejoicing and boasting in the Lord. The returned exiles led by Zerubbabel and Zechariah needed to hear that message. They looked back at all that had been lost, looked around at how weak and small they were, and were tempted to despair. But the Lord showed Zechariah a vision of His work – a work that was not dependent on their power or ability, but on His Spirit. In the midst of the struggles and discouragement around the Church, we would do well to focus our eyes upon the Lord and trust in “The Might of the Lord” (Zechariah 4:1-14).

I. The Lampstand
A. A Vision of God’s Presence
B. A Vision of God’s People

II. The Mountain
A. Obstacles Cut Down
B. Rejoicing in Small Things

III. The Olive Trees
A. A Two-fold Ministry
B. A Two-fold Equipping

Questions for consideration: (1) At what times in your life are you most likely to find that you are leaning on your own strength and skill? What are some practical ways to recognize that and lean on the Lord instead? (2) What “small things” have you taken for granted that the Lord has used in your life? How can you intentionally look forward to and rejoice in the “day of small things?” (3) How does the vision of the olive trees give you hope in your daily life? What sorts of things does it encourage you to undertake?

More in Zechariah

May 1, 2016

The Coming Day of the Lord

April 24, 2016

The Cleansing Fountain

April 17, 2016

Mourning the Pierced One