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LESSON 5 - BY MY SPIRIT (ZECHARIAH 4:1-14)

INTRODUCTION: HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING SOMETHING,
AND SOMEONE SAID, "LET ME DRAW YOU A PICTURE." HELP? THIS WEEK WE
CONTINUE ON WITH THE VISIONS SHOWN TO ZECHARIAH. I THINK THAT GOD IS
DRAWING ZECHARIAH AND US A PICTURE IN THE VISION. THE VISION THIS WEEK
IS BOTH INTERESTING AND COMPLEX. LETS GET INTO IT.

I. BACKGROUND
     A. READ 4:1-6.
     B. ANYONE KNOW WHO ZERUBBABEL IS?  YOUR LESSON NEVER DISCUSSES
THE PRINCIPAL FIGURE OF THIS CHPT.(GOV. OF JUDAH-HAGGAI 1:14)
     C. KEEP IN MIND THE PRINCIPAL FIGURES.  JOSHUA THE HP WAS THE
PRINCIPAL FIGURE LAST WEEK AND THIS WEEK IT IS ZRRBL. THE GOV.

II. CANDLESTICK
     A. LETS DRAW A PICT. OF WHAT WE SEE IN V.2&3. ADD THE DETAIL FROM V.
12 TOO. (YOU WILL SEE THAT NOT ONLY IS MY SPELLING GREAT, BUT MY ART
SKILLS ARE WONDERFUL.)
     B. CATCH THE PICTURE: ZECHARIAH IS JUST AWAKENED FROM SLEEP, HE
SEES THIS, AND HE SAYS, "WHAT IS THAT?"
     C. WELL, WHAT IS IT?  AND WANT YOU TO ANSWER TWO MORE QUESTIONS:
          1. HOW DOES THE ANSWER OF V. 6 MAKE ANY SENSE?
          2. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? YOU HAVE
               THIS PICTURE, SO WHAT?
(THE PROBLEM OF THE DAY IS BUILDING THE TEMPLE. THIS PICTURE IS OF
SOMETHING FROM THE OLD TEMPLE-CANDLESTICK. (BET IT IS A TECHOLOGICAL
BREAKTHROUGH-MODERN WAY OF LIGHTING UP THE TEMPLE. MAYBE LIKE
ELECTRICITY.  WE ALL KNOW HOW TO THROW THE SWITCH, BUT WHO KNOWS
EXACTLY HOW ELECTRICITY WORKS.) SO SOMETING MARVELOUS IS GOING TO
HAPPEN AND THAT MARVELOUS THING IS THE H.S.)( TODAY MAYBE FLOODLIGHTS
PLUGGED INTO A TREE)

III. TREES
     A. READ V.11--14. WHO OR WHAT ARE THE TREES?
     B. WE KNOW THAT THE TREES ARE THE SOURCE OF THE OIL. (SEVERAL
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. COL p. 372 SAYS REGARDING THE TREES IN THIS TEXT: "SO
FROM THE HOLY ONES THAT STAND IN GOD'S PRESENCE HIS SPIRIT IS IMPARTED
TO THE HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITIES WHO ARE CONSECREATED TO HIS SERVICE."
SEEMS LIKE ANGELS. THE LESSON (SUN) SHOWS THE SIMILARITY TO REV. 11:4 AND
SUGGESTS THAT THE TWO WITNESSES ARE THE NT AND THE OT. THE NIV TEXT
NOTES AND JENSEN SUGGEST THAT THEY ARE JOSHUA AND ZERRBL.

IV. WORK OF THE H.S.
     A. DOES IT STIKE YOU THAT THE WORK OF THE HS HERE IS A BIT UNUSUAL.
DOESN'T THE HS HELP US IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS? CONVICT OF SIN, GIVE US
UNDERSTANDING.
          1. DID YOU EVER UNDERSTAND IT TO HELP BUILD BUILDINGS?
          2. WILL IT HELP ME WRITE A BRIEF? (DISCUSS THOUGHTS ON THAT. HS
OR ANGEL?)
     B. WHAT I SEE HERE IS THAT THE HS IS NOT LIMITED TO SPIRITUAL MATTERS,
WILL HELP UP WITH EVERYDAY TASKS.

V. MOUNTAIN
     A. LETS GO BACK AND FOLLOW UP V. 1-6 BY READING V. 7.
     B. WHY ARE WE SUDDENLY TALKING ABOUT MOUNTAINS? (THE PT. IS THAT
THE LARGEST MOST IMPOSSIBLE TASK DISAPPEARS BEFORE THE HS. THE
CAPSTONE, THE LAST STONE, IS LAID BY ZRRBL.)

VI. PLUMB LINE
     A. IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT THE HS WILL BE OUR SOLUTION TO BUILDING
BUILDINGS.  IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT HE WILL OVERCOME THE MOST DIFFICULT
OBSTACLE.  BUT HOW DO YOU START? HOW GO ABOUT HAVING THE HS DO THIS?
READ. 8-10.
     B. WHAT IS SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PLUMB LINE AND THE FOUNDATION?
          1. WHAT IS A PLUMB LINE?
(THE WAY TO START IS JUST TO START, DO IT RIGHT AND NOT STOP.  THE
FOUNDATION IS THE FIRST THING TO MAKE.  THE PLUMB LINE MAKES SURE THAT
THINGS ARE SQUARE. WHEN ZRRBL. STARTED WITH THE FOUNDATION HE ENDED
WITH THE CAPSTONE.)

VII. OUR CHURCH
     A. I ALWAYS LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DISCUSS THE PRACTICAL
APPLICATION IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. WE ARE BUIDING A CHURCH HERE. UP TO NOW,
GOV'T APPROVAL AND NOT LACK OF MONEY WAS THE OBSTACLE.  NOW THAT IS
ABOUT TO CHANGE.  WE WILL SOON BE READY TO START BUILDING. WE HAVE
ABOUT A MILLION IN PROPERTY VALUE, PROPERTY CONTRACTS, PLEDGES AND
MONEY WE ALREADY HAVE PAID.
     AT CHURCH BD. WE DISCUSSED THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT A
MILLION MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH. THE CHURCH MIGHT COST MORE.
     B. WHAT IS THE LESSON WE LEARN FROM ZECHARIAH CHPT 4?
     C. DO WE WAIT TO START UNTIL WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT COST AND
WHERE GET THE MONEY? LUKE 14:28-30.
     D. DO WE SAY IT IS NOT POSSIBLE AND PRACTICAL FOR A CONGREGATION
THIS SIZE AND STOP?
     E. OR DO WE JUST START?
(MY VIEW IS WE JUST START AND DON'T STOP. IT WILL NOT BE DONE BY OUR
MIGHT, MONEY OR POWER BUT BY HIS SPIRIT.  JUST RUN THE TANKS UNTIL THEY
RUN OUT OF FUEL.)

VIII. NEXT WEEK: LAST OF ZECHARIAH 8 VISIONS. STUDY