This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Zechariah 4) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: Zechariah and Haggai are two of the three post-exilic prophets and they prophesied to the same people at the same time. The nation of Judah had come back from Babylon after 70 years of captivity and begun to rebuild the temple. However it is now 16 years later and their zeal for that work has waned. Enter Zechariah to encourage the people to finish the temple and to look forward to the coming of Messiah and the restoration of their nation to greatness. Zechariah was a prophet who often saw visions and prophesied from these visions.
In one chapter God gives Zechariah two of the most famous sayings in the Bible.
Ask the children…
What does this first famous saying mean?
“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”(Zechariah 4:6)
What does this second famous saying mean?
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” (Zechariah 4:10)
It is the Lord’s strength through His Holy Spirit that make real changes in heaven and here on earth and not the might of men. Also, often those changes start very small. They may seem insignificant at the start, but God rejoices to see our faith to start what He calls us to do.
Ask your children if God is calling them to a task that feels too big for them? Who is going to do it, them or God? Are they willing to start small and trust God will build whatever He wants to? Commit that project to the Lord daily and watch the Lord’s heavenly armies at work.
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