Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Zechariah Chapter 4
Metaphysically Interpreting Zechariah 4:1-14
4:1And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. 4:2And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have seen, and, behold, a candlestick all of gold, with its bowl upon the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are upon the top thereof; 4:3and two olive-trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.4:4And I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 4:5Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these are? And I said, No, my lord. 4:6Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of Jehovah unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith Jehovah of hosts. 4:7Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the top stone with shoutings of Grace, grace, unto it. 4:8Moreover the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, 4:9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that Jehovah of hosts hath sent me unto you. 4:10For who hath despised the day of small things? for these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel;
these are the eyes of Jehovah, which run to and fro through the whole earth. 4:11Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive-trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 4:12And I answered the second time, and said unto him, What are these two olive-branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that empty the golden oil out of themselves? 4:13And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these are? And I said, No, my lord. 4:14Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
October 29, 1905: Zechariah 4:1-10
Man is frequently called the lamp of God in Scripture writings. God may be compared to the universal electrical energy that is made visible by concentrating it in a bulb. Man is the bulb that consciously receives the Universal Mind of Being, and through his thought lets it forth into another realm of consciousness. All is God's Life, Wisdom Love and Substance, but having given it to his creation, Man, God virtually relinquishes control. But when man sets up a conscious communion with this inner Source of his being, a unity is established and all sense of separation abolished. Then the inflow of Divine Life, and the outflow, seem identical, and “The Father and I are one.”
But there is system and order in the structure which man builds. The “candlestick all of gold with its bowl upon the top of it,” evidently means the nervous system, with its brain at the apex, through which the light of intelligence shines. The seven lamps are the seven ganglionic centres in the body, through which the Universal expresses itself. The olive trees are the veins and arteries through which the oil of life, the blood, is carried.
But these physical organs are not what they seem to the eye of sense. We name them as if they had real existence in a world of forms, but the fact is they are but forms of words. They are the “Word of the Lord.” We say they are built up by natural processes, of which we actually know nothing and we assume that they have a physical cause. But there is no mortal might nor physical power in their building, but the Spirit of the Lord.
Zerubbabel means disperser of confusion. He represents that attitude in man that brings order out of mental confusion. The Divine Wisdom is showing this man that he must level the mountains of consciousness and bring forth the sleeping intelligence. It is very plainly taught here that this man, Zerubbabel, laid the foundation of this body-house and that his hands must finish it.
If we are finding the law of our being, and trying to obey the Inner Wisdom, we are Zerubbabel bringing order out of confusion. To do this, we may have to begin in the simple process of holding daily statements of truth. Some people despise this “day of small things” and look for a larger way. They think the Lord is going to make a special dispensation for them, and that they shall go up on a certain day with a great shout of glory. Others want the whole process of soul and body building explained and outlined, so that they can get an intellectual comprehension of it. Now the fact is that this process of gaining control of the soul forces, and the brain and nerve centres through which they function, is one of very small beginnings. Simple denials and affirmations open the way to the broader understanding. This clears up the conscious mind, then step by step the “seven eyes of the Lord” that run to and fro through the whole “earth,” or body, will come under your control and you will be a Christ-man.
– UNITY magazine.
November 24, 1935: Zechariah 4:6-10
Do the senses play an important part in the work of spiritualizing the body? The senses themselves must first be realized as spiritual. It is through them that man makes contact with consciousness, therefore they are important to him in his work of manifesting the perfect body. “These are the eyes of Jehovah, which run to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-23-2014