10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Verse 10 echoes Haggai 2:3-4. Some of Zechariah’s contemporaries may have felt that the reconstructed Temple did not measure up to the previous Temple; thus, they despised the rebuilt Temple.
10 For who has despised the day of small things?
The “day of small things” probably refers to the Jews who delayed the building of the Temple because of discouragement. They also may have thought that building the Temple was not that important and inconsequential (Ezra 3:12; Hag 2:3). Why press on to this challenging task if there was no hope of it being finished?
For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
A plumb line is a string with a weight on the end used to determine whether a wall is straight. The plumb line anticipated the completion of the Temple.
They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
The “eyes of the LORD” represent His omniscience and providence. No one can hide anything from Him. God is sovereign and continually protects Israel with His presence and knowledge.
Those who operate by faith trust God to work in ministry.
There are always those in ministry who will be pessimistic about possibilities. This is often true when there are significant projects at hand or a change of programs. These types are often people who want the ministry to succeed but do not have enough faith to see it through. However, those who operate by faith do not look at problems from their viewpoint but from God’s viewpoint.