December 11, 2023 – Monday
Zechariah 4:10a NKJV
10a For who has despised the day of small things?
Zechariah 4:10a NASB
10a For who has shown contempt for the day of small things?
Zechariah 4:10a NET
10 For who dares make light of small beginnings?
I have done something unusual; I have taken a verse (part of a verse) out of context because it makes such a wonderful point. Before going further about 10a, let’s take a quick look at the entire verse in context – NKJV:
9 “The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple;
His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.
10 For who has despised the day of small things?
For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
They are the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Zerubbabel is rebuilding the temple of the Lord and these are the words of God to Zechariah. God had Zerubbabel begin to rebuild the temple and He will see him finish it, though its beginning is small. The temple had been in ruins for close to 20 years, yet God tells him to begin and with His help he will finish it. This may remind you of Philippians 1:6, 6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ with good reason.
Now let us simply address the question that occurs at the beginning of verse 10, 10a For who has despised the day of small things? David Guzik makes the interesting observation (his bold and italics), “When Satan tempts us to despise the day of small things, he shines as an outstanding liar because Satan does not despise the day of small things. Satan fears the day of small things in our lives because he sees what great things God does in them and brings out of them.”
We have some very strong modern proverbs or axioms that reflect the truth of great things that come from small things.
How do you walk 1000 miles? One step at a time.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. – Demosthenes
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. – Laozi
Dream big, start small. But most of all, start. Jeffery Bezos
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
And from the Pulpit Commentary, we read, The “small things” are the weak and poor beginning of the temple (Haggai 2:3); as the Targum glosses, “on account of the edifice, because it was small.” Small as the present work was, it was a pledge of the full completion, and was therefore not to be despised. So the question is equivalent to, “Can any one, after these promises and prophecies, presume to be doubtful about the future?”
Bottom Line: Be careful not to reject the small beginnings of your relationship with Jesus and the Father. Instead, be encouraged. Read your Bible more, pray more, discuss scripture more, attend church more regularly. And keep note of your growth week by week month by month, and year by year.
Prayer: Almighty God, Help us NOT to fear or reject small beginnings, but to rejoice in each small step and increase in knowledge. Let us be encouraged by Your word daily. Thank You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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