ERUBBABEL was in the royal line of David (Matthew 1:12-13). He was not a king, but if Israel had been strong enough to crown a king in his day, he would have had a right to the throne in Jerusalem. But they were not strong enough. Still, God had a task for Zerubbabel to accomplish (Ezra 5:2). God wanted him to lead in the reconstruction of the temple. How would he accomplish that task? Zechariah 4:6 tells us plainly that Zerubbabel's source of power and influence was supposed to be spiritual, not carnal: "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts" (see also II Corinthians 10:4). No task is too daunting if we are empowered by the Holy Ghost to accomplish it. And, by the way, neither is any endeavor too insignificant for God to get involved in it (Zechariah 4:10).
For us, the best news in this chapter is that the same source of power that Zerubbabel had, Christ had. And, we also have it. Our feeble minds, our pitiful talents, our limited financial resources, our personality flaws, our poor health, our idiosyncrasies and distractions; if we are willing to humble ourselves to His control, all of that can be overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit.