Zechariah 4: 1—5: 11
Holy moly Zechariah spoke a word to my heart this morning. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plum line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” As someone who wants the “things” to just happen without a process, I was so encouraged by this. The small beginnings is the crux of what God has had to teach me since Bible School. The process is what matters to God. The starting in an organized thought out way, (you know, with a plumb line, instead of just eye balling things?) to the completion of a project, all is worship of the Lord. And, as well documented as it is here on the Blog, I really thought we would all be getting ready for my book to come out right now. But I skipped the plumb line, and the small beginning because I despise it. And you know what happens when you despise the small beginning? You miss out on the process. God has to take you through a process before He can use you to write a book, or whatever your project is.
The basket with the woman in it is the sin incurred by Israel because of her idolatry. This is just a reminder that God does not sweep sin away, He will have to deal with it. Hence what we are about to read in Revelation.
Revelation 14: 1-20
The time for the harvest of unbelievers. I think we can all agree that at this point in the story, meaning the end, God has given all the souls on earth ample time and opportunity to choose Jesus. The 144,000 is the same remnant we met earlier in the story. This is all happening before the final “Bowls of Divine Wrath” judgement. With sickles the angels mow down those who have decided to follow Satan and they are put in the winepress of the Lord. Their blood poured out will fill a riverbed up to a horse’s bridle. And all God’s people said, YIKES!