Zechariah Four: Symbolism

The angel is back. “And he said to me, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I saw, and behold [there was] a candelabrum all of gold, with its oil-bowl on top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; seven tubes each to the lamps that were on top of it (Zechariah 4:2).” A few more objects are describe as well, and it’s definitely an overwhelming-sounding sight.

Zechariah asks the angel what these things are, and it turns out they’re meant to be metaphoric. They represent God’s words to Zerubbabel. “For, whoever despised the day of small things shall rejoice and see the plummet in Zerubbabel’s hand; these, sevenfold; the eyes of the Lord are roving to and fro throughout all the earth (Zechariah 4:10).” It’s interesting to see specific objects being used like this as representing more than what they are. Symbolism is a wonderful literary device, but doesn’t always factor into real life. So can any of us relate to this particular exchange?


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