Zechariah 4:10

“They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of
       Zerubbabel.” 
              — Zechariah 4:10

Small things marked the beginning of the work in the hand of
Zerubbabel, but none might despise it, for the Lord had raised up one
who would persevere until the headstone should be brought forth with
shoutings. The plummet was in good hands. Here is the comfort of every
believer in the Lord Jesus; let the work of grace be ever so small in
its beginnings, the plummet is in good hands, a master builder greater
than Solomon has undertaken the raising of the heavenly temple, and he
will not fail nor be discouraged till the topmost pinnacle shall be
raised. If the plummet were in the hand of any merely human being, we
might fear for the building, but the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper
in Jesus’ hand. The works did not proceed irregularly, and without
care, for the master’s hand carried a good instrument. Had the walls
been hurriedly run up without due superintendence, they might have been
out of the perpendicular; but the plummet was used by the chosen
overseer. Jesus is evermore watching the erection of his spiritual
temple, that it may be built securely and well. We are for haste, but
Jesus is for judgment.
He will use the plummet, and that which is out
of line must come down, every stone of it. Hence the failure of many a
flattering work, the overthrow of many a glittering profession. It is
not for us to judge the Lord’s church, since Jesus has a steady hand,
and a true eye, and can use the plummet well. Do we not rejoice to see
judgment left to him?

The plummet was in active use-it was in the builder’s hand; a sure
indication that he meant to push on the work to completion. O Lord
Jesus, how would we indeed be glad if we could see thee at thy great
work. O Zion, the beautiful, thy walls are still in ruins! Rise, thou
glorious Builder, and make her desolations to rejoice at thy coming.



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