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Do not despise the day of small beginnings!

Do not despise the day of small beginnings!

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.

Zechariah received encouragement, instruction and revelation from the Lord.

Zechariah 4:6 Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit

The plumb line speaks of God’s desire for perfect alignment.
I am convinced that we will see the glory of the Lord.

The day of Small beginnings

Do not despise these small beginnings — Zechariah 4:10

Do you remember what happened when the five loaves and two fish from the little boy were brought to Jesus? Instead of despising the boy’s small lunch, Jesus caused the small lunch to feed more than 5,000 people with 12 baskets full of leftovers!

**Whatever you are building right now in your career, ministry or business, don’t despise the day of small, humble and seemingly insignificant beginnings. Involve Jesus and allow His provision His favour, and His wisdom and power to multiply and grow the little things in your hands. **

Your small goals are the “five loaves and two fish”. Even when people around you mock and belittle you. Learn to disregard such comments and lay your little projects before Jesus. God will give you supernatural multiplication power!

The 7 Spirits of the Lord

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.

The seven lamps are the Seven Spirits of God and they appear four times in the Book of Revelation. The meaning of te 7 Spirits has multiple interpretations. Let me give you mine.

Symbolic of Perfection

Sevenfold is definitely connected with the Biblical understanding of the number 7, representing perfection. The “Seven Fold Spirit of God” could be the “perfect” Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

The Bible, and especially the book of Revelation, uses the number 7 to refer to perfection and completion. If that is the meaning of the “seven” in the “seven spirits,” then it is not referring to seven different spirits of God, but rather the perfect and complete Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”

The seven spirits of God:

  1. Spirit of the LORD
  2. Spirit of wisdom
  3. Spirit of understanding
  4. Spirit of counsel
  5. Spirit of power
  6. Spirit of knowledge
  7. Spirit of the fear of the Lord

Revelation 1:4 – John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 3:1 – And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 4:5 – And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Revelation 5:6 – And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth

The seven horns stand for omnipotence, which means having absolute power.

In the Old Testament, a horn had two meanings.
– First, it stood for power. In 1 Kings 22:7, we read that Zedekiah, the prophet, made iron horns as a sign of promised victory over the Syrians. In the blessing of Moses, Deuteronomy 33:17, the horns of Joseph are like the horns of the wild ox which will push the people, all at once, to the end of the earth.
– The horn, secondly, also stands for honor. With the birth of Samuel to Hannah, she sings a song of Thanksgiving (1 Sam. 2:1): “My heart exalts in the Lord, my horn is exalted in the Lord….” The Psalmist writes (89:17): “For thou art the glory of their strength, and by Thy favor our horn is exalted.” Psalm 112:9—”He has given freely to the poor; His righ­teousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.” God lifts up the horn of His people in Psalm 148:14.

The Lamb also has seven eyes representing the Seven Spirits of God which are sent out all over the earth.

Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.

%% Book of Enoch
%% Still others look to the apocryphal work 1 Enoch which refers to seven angels who are “watching” creation: Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Sarakiel, Gabriel, and Ramiel.

If you are in the day of small beginnings, take heart

God is rejoicing to see the work begin and He who called you to the work is faithful to strengthen your hands to do it.

God is faithful to send workers into the field he called you to, faithful to help you overcome all the devil’s opposition.

Paul faced all kinds of opposition but he knew the power of endurance.

Philippians 3:14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Jesus talked about the mustard seed. This is different from the mustard herb that we have in our vegetable garden today. The biblical mustard seed would grow more or less 12 feet high when grown and birds actually build their nest on it. .

Matthew 13:31 Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man takes a mustard seed and sows it in his field.

Matthew 13:32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up, it is the biggest of all plants. It becomes a tree, so that birds come and make their nests in its branches.”

In spite of big potential, this seed is considered proverbially as the smallest in the Middle East. Jesus is teaching them to consider the power of new beginnings.

The Butterfly effect

The butterfly effect is a concept that states that “small causes can have larger effects”.
This concept was initially used in theories about weather prediction but later the term became a popular metaphor in science writing.

According to this theory “Each path produces a different outcome”

The butterfly effect is the idea that small things can have non-linear impacts on a complex system. The concept is imagined with a butterfly flapping its wings and causing a typhoon. Translated into mass culture, the butterfly effect has become a metaphor for the existence of seemingly insignificant moments that alter history and shape destinies.

Do not despise these small beginnings — Zechariah 4:10

(c) Tony Silveira, 2017

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