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By My Spirit

Zechariah 4:6
Then he said to me, 
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,"
 says the Lord of hosts.
Everytime I hear this phrase I think of this song by
Ron Kenoly
And that is pretty much 
what I have for this section.
But...So who was Zerubbabel?



Zerubbabel displays a plan of Jerusalem to Cyrus the Great
According to the  Biblical narrative, Zerubbabel was a governor of the Achaemenid Empire's province  Yehudi Medinata and the grandson of Jeconiah, penultimate king of Judah. Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews, numbering 42,360, who returned from the  Babylonian captivity in the first year of Cyrus the Great, the king of the Achaemenid Empire. The date is generally thought to have been between 538 and 520 BC.Zerubbabel also laid the foundation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem soon after In all of the accounts in the Hebrew Bible that mention Zerubbabel, he is always associated with the high priest who returned with him, Joshua (Jeshua) son of Jozadak (Jehozadak). Together, these two men led the first wave of Jewish returnees from exile and began to rebuild the Temple. Old Testament theologian John Kessler describes the region of Judah as a small province that contained land extending 25 km from Jerusalem and was independently ruled prior to the Persian rule. Zerubbabel was the governor of this province. King Darius 1 of Persia appointed Zerubbabel governor of the Province. It was after this appointment that Zerubbabel began to rebuild the Temple. Elias Bickerman speculates that one of the reasons that Zerubbabel was able to rebuild the Temple was because of "the widespread revolts at the beginning of the reign of Darius I in 522 BC, which preoccupied him to such a degree that Zerubbabel felt he could initiate the rebuilding of the temple without repercussions". (Wikipedia)

By the Lord's Spirit things move in the sphere
 where we live, not by power or might.
Good reminder when we think 
we have something to do with much of anything.

Supplies:
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Fine-point Sharpie pen
Washi tape
Distress ink 

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