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SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4 (EGW), Page 1180

it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men. God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications that He sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which He would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness (The Review and Herald, February 3, 1903).

Word Flows Into Messengers’ Hearts—[Zechariah 4:11-14 quoted.] These empty themselves into the golden bowls, which represent the hearts of the living messengers of God, who bear the Word of the Lord to the people in warnings and entreaties. The Word itself must be as represented, the golden oil, emptied from the two olive trees that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. This is the baptism by the Holy Spirit with fire. This will open the soul of unbelievers to conviction. The wants of the soul can be met only by the working of the Holy Spirit of God. Man can of himself do nothing to satisfy the longings and meet the aspirations of the heart (Manuscript 109, 1897).

12 (Isaiah 58:8). To Constantly Receive, One Must Constantly Impart—The capacity for receiving the holy oil from the two olive trees which empty themselves, is by the receiver emptying that holy oil out of himself in word and in action to supply the necessities of other souls. Work, precious, satisfying work—to be constantly receiving and constantly imparting! The capacity for receiving is only kept up by imparting (NL No. 12, pp. 3, 4).

Chapter 8

7-13. Spiritual Restoration Coming—The work of which the prophet Zechariah writes is a type of the spiritual restoration to be wrought for Israel before the end of time [Zechariah 8:9, 11-13, 7, 8 quoted] (Letter 42, 1912).

Chapter 9

12-17. Responsible for Darkness—The darkness of the Gentile world was attributable to the neglect of the Jewish nation, as is represented in the ninth chapter of Zechariah.

[Zechariah 9:12-17 quoted.] The whole world is embraced in the contract of the great plan of redemption (Manuscript 65, 1912).

16 (Isaiah 53:11; Ephesians 1:18). Christ's Reward—[Zechariah 9:16; Ephesians 1:18; Isaiah 53:11 quoted.] Christ looks upon His people in their purity and perfection as the reward of all His sufferings, His humiliation, and His love, and the supplement of His glory,—Christ the great center, from whom radiates all glory (The Review and Herald, October 22, 1908).

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Malachi

Chapter 1

10. Do Not Hire Every Errand Done—Today, as in the days of Malachi, there are ministers who labor, not because they dare not do otherwise, not because the woe is upon them, but for the wages they are to receive. It is entirely wrong to hire every errand that is done for the Lord. The treasury of the Lord has been drained by those who have been only an injury to the cause. If ministers give themselves wholly to the work of God, and devote all their energies to building up His cause, they will have no lack. As regards temporal things, they have a better portion than their Lord, and better than His chosen disciples, whom He sent forth (The Southern Watchman, January 3, 1905).

11. Jews’ Prosperity Was to Reveal God's Glory—[Malachi 1:11 quoted.] The prophetic words of Malachi have been meeting their fulfillment in the proclamation of the Lord's truth to the Gentiles. God, in His infinite wisdom, chose Israel as the depositary of priceless treasures of truth for all nations. He gave them His law as the standard of the character they were to develop

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