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Zechariah 4:1-5:11; Revelation 14:1-20; Psalm 142:1-7; Proverbs 30:21-23
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerrubabel: ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. Who are you O great mountain? Before Zerrubabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!'”
Around 519 B.C. the prophet, Zechariah, received visions and messages from the Lord who called himself the “Lord of Hosts”. The title ‘Lord of hosts’ is significant–it refers to someone of military stature who has many under his command.
At this time the Jewish exiles have been allowed to return to their land being released by the Babylonian king, Darius.
The center of Jewish life, the temple, lay in ruins. Zerrubabel, the civil governor of Judah, is undertaking the restoration project–a daunting assignment considering the memory of the previous, glorious temple that Solomon had built and that looms large in the hearts and minds of the exiles.
This then is the context into which God’s word of encouragement comes to Zerrubabel : “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit!”
So like God–to use what little we have, to accomplish His work–through “my Spirit”–by spiritual means and not depending on us.
He strengthens our hearts, our hearts, our minds– and moves mountains. He moves us forward, taking away obstacles in our path, leading us through our times of trouble and challenge. Above all, He removes the mountains of sin and guilt. He straightens our path to Him through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
He is Lord of Hosts–and He will send forth his armies to see us through.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
These words are a fitting gift from our Lord this Christmas season.
Thank you Lord of Hosts!
“For lo, the days have come to pass
By prophets seen of old.
When down into the circling years
Came Christ as was foretold.
His word of peace shall to the earth
God’s ancient promise bring.
And all who take this gift will hear
The song the angels sing.”~Edmund H. Sears
Lord God, we thank and praise you for your strong words of encouragement. We thank you for surrounding us with your angel hosts, the same hosts who announced to the world “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased” as God’s Son, our Savior, born in Bethlehem lay resting in a manger. May we keep the focus of Christmas on YOU as we worship and gather with loved ones in the days ahead. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.