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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In 520 BC, the LORD spake to Haggai concerning the Second Temple which Zerubbabel was building. God said to Haggai, "Who
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,
is
left among you that saw this house in her first
glory? and how do ye see it now?
is it
not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?"
(Haggai 2:3). The work was going slow, and those who remembered Solomon's Temple knew the second one didn't compare with the first. They were discouraged.
At near the same time (Darius' second year ~ 520 BC), the LORD spoke to the prophet Zechariah, saying, "For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel
with
those seven; they
are
the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth"
(Zechariah 4:10). The seven eyes of the LORD were going to rejoice in what Zerubbabel was building.
The LORD through Haggai tells them, "Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I
am
with you, saith the LORD of
hosts:" (Haggai 2:4).
In 516 BC, the Second Temple was completed by Zerubbabel and by Joshua and by the people. Do you think there was a smile in God's eyes, especially as He looked ahead?
The imagery of Zechariah is the same which the Lord Jesus gives to John concerning the churches in the Revelation. What can we learn from this?
The Scripture teaches, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of
them
whose heart
is
perfect towards
him . . ." (2 Chronicles 16:9). May He give us such hearts.
The Lord Jesus tells his disciples, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).