Zechariah Chapter 2
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Zechariah Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The prosperity of Jerusalem. (1-5) The Jews called to return to their own land. (6-9) A promise of God's presence. (10-13)1-5 The Son of David, even the Man Christ Jesus, whom the prophet sees with a measuring line in his hand, is the Master-Builder of his church. God notices the extent of his church, and will take care that whatever number of guests are brought to the wedding-supper, there shall be room. This vision means well to Jerusalem. The walls of a city, as they defend it, so they straiten its inhabitants; but Jerusalem shall be extended as freely as if it had no walls at all, yet shall be as safe as if it had the strongest walls. In the church of God there yet is room for other multitudes, more than man can number. None shall be refused who trust in Christ; and He never shuts out from heaven one true member of the church on earth. God will be a Wall of fire round them, which can neither be broken through nor undermined, nor can it be assailed without danger to those who attack. This vision was to have its full accomplishment in the gospel church, which is extended by admitting the Gentiles into it; and which has the Son of God for its Prince and Protector; especially in the glorious times yet to come.
6-9 If God will build Jerusalem for the people and their comfort, they must inhabit it for him and his glory. The promises and privileges with which God's people are blessed, should engage us to join them, whatever it costs us. When Zion is enlarged to make room for all God's Israel, it is the greatest madness for any of them to stay in Babylon. The captivity of a sinful state is by no means to be continued in, though a man may be easy in worldly matters. Escape for thy life, look not behind thee. Christ has proclaimed that deliverance to the captives, which he has himself wrought out, and it concerns every one to resolve that sin shall not have dominion over him. Those who would be found among God's children, must save themselves from this world, see #Ac 2:40|. What Christ will do for his church, shall be an evident proof of God's care and affection. He that touches you, touches the apple of his eye. This is a strong expression of God's love to his church. He takes what is done against her as done against the tenderest part of the eye, to which the least touch is a great offence. Christ is sent to be the Protector of his church.
10-13 Here is a prediction of the coming of Christ in human nature. Many nations in that day would renounce idolatry, and God will own those for his people who join him with purpose of heart. Glorious times are foretold as a prophecy of our Lord's coming and kingdom. God is about to do something unexpected, and very surprising, and to plead his people's cause, which had long seemed neglected. Silently submit to his holy will, and patiently wait the event; assured that God will complete all his work. He will ere long come to judgment, to complete the salvation of his people, and to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their sins.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Insight 777's Zechariah Chapter 2 comment on 3/15/2015, 11:53am...
Verse 8, it is my opinion that when the term, Lord of hosts, is used it is in reference to the Lord being in control of military action. The word Glory can have different meanings but when used with Lord of hosts then it means the glory of winning battles. The Lord will have the nations that attacked Israel, attacked in response and those leaders that oppose Israel will fail in their efforts with the people supporting them.
Pat H's Zechariah Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 3/05/2015, 8:29am...
WOW what a blessed insight into the heart of god to know that his affections are so tied to his word and power to execute His determined course of action to relieve and deliver his own precious child from the continuing attacks from the enemy. I find great strength and confidence in reading this and will submit it to memory for my own times of meditation. It helps me to know that I am not alone and that god takes seriously those who willfully and maliciously trouble me, I need to know that he is faithful in fighting my battles.
Rev. Autrey's Zechariah Chapter 2 comment on 1/16/2014, 7:32am...
(Verses 10-12) "The Lord says, "Shout and rejoyce, O Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord Almighty sent me to you."
This is Jesus speaking of his birth on earth as a human. John (John 1:14) says of this, "So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. This means that when God came to the earth as the human Jesus, he called himself the Son of God (Psalms 2:7). This was decided in eternity. But we know that Jesus was God because John said he was in the first verse, "And the Word was God."
Consider this, if we claim that Jesus is not God, then what is the point of trying to obey him, or thinking that he can save us. Only God is able to save us and forgive our sins. Only God can take us to heaven. And only God has the power to change us into new people.
Let's praise God as Jesus.
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