The Jews needed assurance reestablishing their lives based on following God. God gave Zechariah eight visions that provided affirmation and affected areas of their lives as a community. During this point in God’s Story, Zerubbabel was the governor of Judea and he is mentioned in the fifth vision that involved the completion of the Temple. “Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’ ”
They blessed God with their obedience and asked Him to bless the work of their hands as they built the second Temple. Today God’s people are not building an edifice to show loyalty to Him, but with the Holy Spirit living within us, we are the Temple of God. We do not belong to ourselves. God paid a high price for each of us. We have the high calling of honoring God with our bodies, minds and our action. Thinking about our identity and joyfully realizing that we really do belong to Him, gives us hope. From a sense of belonging we can then pursue a good direction for our actions. May God bless us as we grow in His ways, building our character on the foundation of His love, forgiveness and peace. In these days may God’s people pray: God, bless Your Temple, Your people working together were Your Spirit dwells! Amen.