Zechariah 2

Zechariah 2

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A Vision of a Man with a Measuring Line

And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”

Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declares the LORD. For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the LORD. Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”

Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.


Zechariah 2 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Firewall – an event, person or thing that acts as a barrier or protection against something undesirable.  – Dictionary.com

In this second vision given to Zechariah, he watched an angel who went to measure the city of Jerusalem.  It would be a city without walls where multitudes would be brought in and nothing would hinder the population.  Instead, God would be a firewall around it and His people; protecting them.  Within this prophecy, God told the people to sing and rejoice, celebrate for He would not only be their protection but would bring many nations to Him to dwell as He was in their midst.

Yes, although this is such a wonderful promise to hold toward one day when Jesus returns, we should be encouraged today with these words.

In this day and age, we have many things that assault us.  There are physical things and people that press in.  There are addictions that seemingly take charge of our mindsets.  There are internal wrestling matches we face continually as “what I want to do I don’t do, what I don’t want to do, I do…” as our mind becomes a minefield and our actions follow.

We need the firewall of God in the here and now.  We need His protection over and over again even before we step into our daily grind of life each day.  As God promised these hearers through Zechariah He would protect them and be in their midst – through Jesus NOW – we have the same promises of which to cling.  As Believers in Jesus, we have the advantage over all the assaults that come against us.  In the very name of Jesus there is power and authority we can claim for this day.  We have His presence among us, within us as the Holy Spirit dwells.

Sometimes we forget these things.  As a reminder for all of us, this day, pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to direct you.  Pray for God to place His firewall of protection around you and whatever situation that has driven fear or worry.  Pray for the hope and joy that is found in these promises alone to be what drives your thinking, your outlook, your life.

Zechariah 2 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

There is so much we could unpack in this short chapter of only 13 verses. It is rich with symbolism and prophecy. But I want to draw your focus to one section that stuck out to me.

“Get up! Leave the land of the north”—this is the LORD’s declaration—”for I have scattered you like the four winds of heaven”—this is the LORD’s declaration.  7  “Go, Zion! Escape, you who are living with Daughter Babylon.”  8  For the LORD of Hosts says this: “He has sent Me for His glory against the nations who are plundering you, for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of His eye.

Zechariah 2:6-8 HCSB

There were still Israelites living in Babylon and God was prepared to make a move. He gave them fair warning to get out while they still could. Furthermore, very few of those people carried off into exile returned to the Promised Land when given the opportunity. They were comfortable. Why would they go back to a land that was desecrated only to begin working on a temple that sat in shambles? But the Lord had a better plan for their lives. He had a future through His special calling. That is the immediate context and literal interpretation.

However, we apply this truth in several ways.

He cried in a mighty voice: It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen! She has become a dwelling for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, and a haunt for every unclean and despicable beast.  3  For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.  4  Then I heard another voice from heaven: Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.  5  For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

Revelation 18:2-5 HCSB

In terms of sin, Babylon can represent anything that lures us away from God or threatens His rule over our lives.

“In John’s day Rome epitomized all the antagonism and opposition to the Christian faith.” (Mounce) In some ways, the city of Rome was the clearest fulfillment of the “Babylon” attitude. If we had to pick one city today that most exemplifies the world system, perhaps we would say that Los Angeles is the “Babylon” of today.”

David Guzik

So practically speaking, there are vices today that God calls us to “come out of.” Those idols that Israel continually allowed back into their lives would not be tolerated by God because His people were the “apple of His eye.” He commanded them to come out because of His love for them!

Historically, Israel had false gods which served as Babylonian bondage. In fact, the false god Baal that constantly plagued Israel was the local Canaanite name for the Babylonian Tammuz. Tammuz was the son of the high priestess of idol worship, Semiramis. She was the founder of the Babylonian religion, and ironically, was married to Noah’s great-grandson Nimrod.

The people of Zechariah’s time had a literal city of Babylon. The people of Jesus’ time had Rome, another false Babylon. In Revelation, there will be yet another Babylon which will have a tight grip on every aspect of the world. They will all be demolished by Jesus. The question is, what is your Babylon, and what has Jesus called you to do about it?

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