So 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 Almighty. "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubabbel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of "God bless it! God bless it!" Zechariah 4: 6-7 (New International Version)
The long night of exile for God's people is over, and the dawn of a new era for Israel is appearing. The same old rite and ritual will not be able to continue. God's people must understand what the purpose of he Lord's discipline was: to remind them of what covenant obligation is truly about. God's people cannot pick and choose what they feel is necessary, but rather must embrace God's Word as the means of defining covenant relationship.
The Temple, God's footstool, is in ruin, and the first God-given task is to rebuild it. Human ingenuity and strength will not prevail in the face of opposition that awaits the Israelites upon their return. It will only by the anointing of God's Spirit that they will persevere and progress in their work. This will be a teaching moment for God's people. It doesn't matter if we look like grasshoppers in our own eyes, because when we are at our weakest our God is strongest.
The church of 2020 needs to embrace this fully. As we become more and more marginalized, as our nation becomes more secular it will only by God's Spirit that we can persevere. New programing, new methods of proclamation will not make a difference. It is only our Living God, working in the midst of His people that will enable our witness to spread through the area. Then we will be able to celebrate, "God bless it, God bless it."