The Prophet Zechariah rebukes and encourages the discouraged exiles who have returned to Jerusalem fro Babylon to complete the rebuilding of the temple.
A new start, new beginning the exiles were coming back to be repatriated in the promise land, but there was a lot of work to be done and this didn’t appeal to many.
The returning exiles of only about 50000, returned and there was some major task to achieve in rebuilding all that had been ruined including rebuilding the temple.
For the rebuilding God sent Haggai to give his people instruction on this. While through Haggai God speak to his people’s hands, 2 months later through Zechariah God speak to their hearts.
God’s excitement shows clearly as he gives Zechariah many visions, visions of a horseman, a measuring line, a lamp-stand, chariot s. God speaks the same message in each vision.
Zechariah 4 verse 10: “Who dares despise the day of small things.”
There is a glorious future ahead! don’t despise the day of small things, is the encouraging message through the book. God’s broken people do not realize it, but He is going to turn the devastated city they are rebuilding into the greatest city.
The greatest city’s streets will be graced by the feet of God’s very own son. This is a picture of the coming Messiah. The final prophecy God gives Zechariah is of the Messiah’s second coming. a day when He will stand on the Mount of Olives and establish His Kingship over the whole earth.
To the people it seems as though God is asking them to do is small and trivial. But they are apart of a bigger story, about the day God will step closer to them, through the cross.
Might seem that what we are doing is trivial, but nothing we do for God should be viewed like this.