by T. De Witt Talmage

Dr. T. DeWitt Talmage
Zech. 4:7

Zerubbabel! Who owned that difficult name, in
which three times the letter "b" occurs, disposing
most people to stammer in the pronunciation?
Zerubbabel was the splendid man called to rebuild the
destroyed temple at Jerusalem. Stone for the building
had been quarried, and the trowel had rung at the
laying of the corner-stone, and all went well, when
the Cuthaeans offered to help in the work. They were a
bad lot of people, and Zerubbabel declined their help,
and then the trouble began. The Cuthaeans prejudiced
the Secretary of the Treasury against Zerubbabel, so
that the wages of the carpenters and masons could not
be paid, and the heavy cedar timbers which had been
dragged from Mount Lebanon to the Mediterranean and
floated in rafts from Beyrout to Joppa, and were to be
drawn by ox team from Joppa to Jerusalem, had halted,
and as a result of the work of those jealous Cuthaeans
for sixteen years the building of the temple was
stopped. But after sixteen years, Zerubbabel, the
mighty soul, got a new call from God to go ahead with
the temple building, and the Angel of the Lord in
substance said, "They have piled up obstacles in the
way of Zerubbabel until they have become as a
mountain, height above height, crag above crag; but it
shall all be thundered down and made flat and smooth
as the floor of a house. Who art thou, O great
mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a

Well, the Cuthaeans are not all dead yet. They
are busy in every neighborhood and every city and
every nation of every age, heaping obstacles in the
way of the cause of God. They have piled up hindrances
above hindrances until they have become a hill, and
the hill has become a mountain, and the mountain has
become an Alp, and there it stands, right in the way
of all movements for the world's salvation. Some
people are so discouraged about the height and bread ...

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