The foundation of the temple had been laid after the initial return of the Jews from Babylonian exile, but powerful opposition prevented any further progress on rebuilding the temple for over fifteen years.
In a vision Zechariah saw a golden lamp stand supplied by a never-ending source of oil from two adjacent olive trees. When Zechariah inquired of the Lord what this meant, Zechariah was given a message addressed to Zerubbabel, the governor, who along with Joshua the high priest had been charged with the task of rebuilding the temple upon the Jews return from captivity.
God’s word to Zerubbabel was a reminder that the obstacles that confronted him in the rebuilding task would not be overcome by human force or strength, but by the empowerment of God’s Spirit.
Now, the Holy Spirit lives and dwells in each one of God’s people and is our enabling power.
And, because the Spirit indwells you, you have a never-ending source of power to accomplish God’s plans and purposes in and through your life!
- A Gift for Everyone – John 7:38-39 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)