Power, Might, or Spirit

From Pastor’s Desk:

Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.


From Adam Clarke’s Commentary:

ZECHARIAH, the eleventh of the twelve minor prophets, was son of Berechiah, and grandson of Iddo. He returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel: and began to prophesy in the second year of the reign of Darius, son of Hystaspes, in the year of the world 3484; before Christ, 516; in the eighth month of the holy year; and two months after Haggai had begun to prophesy.

These two prophets, with united zeal, encouraged at the same time the people to go on with the work of the temple, which had been discontinued for some years.


Lends to the fact that we are not to trust might, power, but only by The Holy Spirit do we have the strength, intellect, ingenuity, wisdom, etc., to accomplish not only spiritual but physical, earthly, or natural things as well.

Again, Adam Clarke sums it up with much more clarity: Not by might, (of thy own,) nor by power, (authority from others,) but by my Spirit-the providence, authority, power, and energy of the Most High. In this way shall my temple be built; in this way shall my Church be raised and preserved. No secular arm, no human prudence, no earthly policy, no suits at law, shall ever be used for the founding, extension, and preservation of my Church. But the spirit of the world says, “These are all means to which as we must have recourse; otherwise the cause of God may be ruined.” Satan, thou liest!

We must remember that all of the world’s way of doing things will only confuse issues, to the point of turmoil and chaos that leads to disparity, doubt, anxiety, frustration, exasperation, and fear. If it (and by that I mean anything or anyone) is confusing it is not of God. The Scripture declares that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Cor. 14:33). 1 John 4:8 declares, “…God is love. 1 Tim. 1:7 says, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Many people, myself included, often “quote” 1 Cor. 14:33 as, “God is not the author of confusion but of peace, love, and a sound mind.” Well, of course, that is simply a “paraphrased” quotation, but if you consider all the verses above together it’s not altogether wrong, though not verbatim.

So what does that have to do with Zechariah 4:6? The prophets were engaged in rebuilding the temple. God was telling them that to do depend upon anything or anyone to rebuild it, was, at best, pointless. They soon learned, due to the opposition encountered in the process, that God indeed had to endow them with strength, peace, stamina, wherewithal, or anything they needed to get the job done.

 Are we not prone to try to get things done by might and power rather than trust that God, by The Holy Spirit, might effect peace, love, sound mind, and all that we need to get done that which He has called us to do?

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