New Defender's Study Bible Notes
4:2 seven lamps thereon. Contrast the candlestick in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:31-40).
4:6 nor by power. This assurance would encourage the governor to proceed with the building of the temple, regardless of the great opposition the project had generated. The promise likewise should encourage Christians in every future time not to rely on political power, strength of numbers or human stratagems to do the work of God, but on God’s Spirit. The New Testament frequently stresses this great truth (e.g., I Corinthians 1:26-31).
4:10 small things. Though the new temple was small in relation to the former temple (Haggai 2:3; Ezra 3:12), it was a necessary beginning and its ramifications would eventually encompass the whole world. No work done in the name of Christ as led by His Spirit in harmony with His Word is trivial in the eyes of God, for He can use small things to accomplish great things.