Ikuro Teshima

Grace, Grace to It!

The angel said to Zechariah,
"This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
'…And he [Zerubbabel] shall bring forth the capstone
With shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"'
(Zechariah 4: 6,7 NKJV)

The important thing for us is to say, "Grace to it! God, bless us!" That is all. Without the help of God's blessing, we cannot engage in the great undertaking that will last forever.

We will receive divine favor beyond expectation in our ministry or in our business enterprise as long as we are directly connected to God. When facing interference or difficulties, we should not take action by the use of force. The resistance by human might only results in more blood-shed. The authorities of the communist countries resort to imprisonment or murder to exterminate the opposing power. We, however, pray and wait for the working of God's Spirit in the hearts of the opponents who get in the way of the divine ideals.

The capstone which Zerubbabel took out was burnt and dilapidated. But a shout of rejoice rose even on such a miserable stone, "Grace, grace to it!" A new wave of hope and thanksgiving swelled like a tide in the people. Now the situation was changed and the day of rekindling the menorah [in the temple] was sure to come. If only the menorah would be lit in the miserable hearts of the people, the grand undertaking of rebuilding the homeland would be no dream.

Two Olive Trees

Again Zachariah asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees … What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains" (Verses 11-12)? 

The olive branch is a symbol of the eternal life as its tree is a perennial plant of longevity. Even if the tree top withers, new sprouts shoot out from the roots and wind around the old parent trunk. Unlike an ordinary tree that dies after one generation, it can live hundreds or even thousands of years. You can see very old olive trees that have endured over two thousand years in a place like the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

An olive tree produces high quality oil. Since a pair of olive trees continuously provides oil for the menorah from both sides, the menorah continues to shine forever. The olive trees are the symbol of the imperishable oil, the divine Spirit. The One who is anointed is "Messiah (Christ)."

The other day the U.S. launched the lunar spacecraft Apollo 11, which soft landed on the lunar surface. I was quite moved by the article in the newspaper that the astronauts had left an olive branch in the desert of the moon.

The news about the moon reminds me of an ancient Chinese legend; it relates that a fragrant tree like an olive tree grows on the moon. In actuality the astronauts did not find a single plant on the lunar surface. I pray that the desert of the moon may be plowed, so that a new sprout of an olive tree may shoot out. I wonder when an imperishable eternal life will sprout in the lifeless desert of the moon.

The King and the Priest of God

To the question of Zechariah (Verses 11,12), the angel answered, "These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth" (Verse 14).

The original Hebrew text reads as "These are the two children of the oil," namely "the two anointed ones of oil." A menorah and two olive trees that Zechariah saw in his vision were now interpreted as God, the Lord of the whole earth and two anointed figures.

It was revealed that God would ultimately complete the restoration of new Jerusalem through the joint work of the two anointed ones, the governor Zerubbabel, the king, and Joshua, the High Priest.

A praise is written in the Revelation: "To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:5-6 NKJV).

The highest authority on earth is the king, while the highest spiritual authority is the priest. When the two who affect each other internally and externally are anointed by God, they will complete a great task. Theocracy, the unity of religion and government is the ideal of the Bible.

Similarly a pair of the anointed is indispensable in a family. When both wife and husband are anointed with the divine Spirit, they can form a most blessed family. Our spirit is strengthened when we are together with the beloved ones. Love means one Spirit dwelling in two bodies. God is love. Love cannot exist alone; love cannot bear loneliness. A pair of olive trees, indicating the eternal life, is the symbol for the Love of the Holy Spirit.

In particular our Makuya cannot be constituted of only ministers; it should be formed together with kings and royalties who play a role of pillars. Makuya will flourish when outstanding people are born one after another in the fields of business, scholarship, and art. I pray geniuses and great personalities may emerge one after another from our Makuya!

I have been engaged in ministry of the original gospel for twenty years. Since people like kings on earth successively appeared to help me, I have been able to do so. Especially, the late Mr. K, Mr. Y, Prof. Y., and so forth. I cannot name all. It is a mistake to think that ministers alone can carry out the ministry; they can do so together with respectable persons of the secular society. God's kingdom, the new Jerusalem, is formed by both the king and the priest; then it is wholesome. We should not forget that the two, working together, can kindle the menorah. God's kingdom is revealed with these two.

(1969)

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