Devotional:[b]Zechariah 4:6:[/b]Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by MY spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (From Christiananswers.net) He is also known by the Persian name of Sheshbazzar (Ezra 1:8, 11). In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia , he led the first band of Jews, numbering 42,360 (Ezra 2:64), exclusive of a large number of servants, who returned from captivity at the close of the seventy years. In the second year after the Return, he erected an altar and laid the foundation of the temple on the ruins of that which had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar (3:8-13; ch. 4-6). All through the work
he occupied a prominent place, inasmuch as he was a descendant of the royal line
Zerubbabel led the first Jews coming back from captivity. GOD told him that the rebuilding of the temple, the protection of the Jews, all
..would not be by any other power nor in their own might
but by the SPIRIT of GOD! The Jews were chained physically in bondage until GOD broke their chains and returned them to the land.
How easy it is for us to get led into captivity by one little hook, ball and chain
at a time! When HE sees our broken hearts and contrite spirits, then HE will not despise nor delay our rescue. Surely we must come through trials and tribulations to be molded into HIS image but with a whole hearted release of our will
to choose HIS
we will be blessed! Amen and amen!
When one minor hook grasps our nature,
it is barely observed or addressed.
Insignificant and near invisibly cast,
yet the devil grasps tightly our flesh.
Whilst chained by minutia the smallest of things
still we blindly proceed as though free
for no notice of hindrance nor slowing
As such, pending doom
But faster than thought, we are bound beyond hope
as we wrestle against Hells constraints!
Reacting with human responses so weakly,
we then cannot stand nor run straight!
However! Our JESUS did not birth our souls
to rely on this flesh for its rescue!
Nay! Rather! HIS powr destroys Evils clasps
and restores each whilst stating, I bless you!
As HIS servant in your service,
WVW Jasnoch 1/29/08