Starting Small

starting small

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
(Zechariah 4:10)

Read: Zechariah 4:1-5:11, Revelation 14:1-20, Psalm 142:1-7, Proverbs 30:21-23

Relate: Small beginnings. Zechariah is talking about the beginning of the rebuilding of the Temple when God makes that prophesy through him. Those old enough were able to remember the former Temple. Those too young to remember heard stories that were the foundation of legend and hope. It seems that legend and hope are always bigger than the reality when it comes. The waited for reality just doesn’t seem to match up.

For a devout Jew in Zechariah’s time, as well as every generation for the next few centuries, there was no bigger legend, no bigger hope, than the coming Messiah. They were a vassal state of the Persians. Then the Greeks. After that they would be a chess piece in the power games between Egypt and Syria. The attempt to escape from this would only come by falling under the thumb of the Romans. In all of this the hope remained that one day a Messiah would come.

Then he came. All 8 pounds of him (give or take). He needed to be fed and changed on a regular basis. He was completely weak and vulnerable and dependent on his poor, uneducated parents. The shepherds saw the great company of heavenly hosts, but others had only those simple shepherds’ word to go on. I’m sure that many, when they went to check it out for themselves, when they saw this fragile child with his smelly diaper had to be asking… “This is it?”

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7 thoughts on “Starting Small

  1. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    Good things come in small packages.

    Jesus Christ came as a baby and before his first human breath, was meant to be God’s goodness to mankind as Savior of sinners.

    Have you experienced His goodness? It is your choice to accept/deny His good offer of life for your eternity.
    If you have not accepted His offer of love, why not begin today?

  2. Merry CHRISTmas to all!

    What wonders are yet to be seen. He came to us small and we are still amazed. He lived, taught and sacrificed Himself to save all mankind. But in the limitlessness of our God, we are still only seeing the beginning! Let us celebrate the part He can play in our lives today!

    Peace on Earth and Goodwill to men everywhere!

  3. So awesome was the Fathers love that He would send the savior as simple as one of us, so that we could imagine God loving, caring for, protecting, and endowing with power even the least of us. If he would have been born to royalty it would have been difficult to picture ourselves excelling past our socioeconomic or demographic location. The bible did state that he would take the foolish things to confound the wise. Thank you for your encouragement to be great.

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