Zechariah 2 Outline
– Vision of a measuring rod (Zechariah 2:1-5)
– The Lord calls his people to run from the enemies (Zechariah 2:6-13)
Zechariah 2 Summary
Zechariah 2 is about the third vision that God gave to the prophet Zechariah. In the third vision, Zechariah saw an angel carrying a measuring line, about to measure the width and length of the city of Jerusalem. Later, another angel told the angel that the Jerusalem will be so crowded that it won’t have wall. God promises that he will be the protective wall of fire and be the glory in it. It is very probable that it is referring to the millennial city.
The city of Jerusalem used to have wall. When the Israelites came back from exile and rebuilt Jerusalem, they also did build a wall around it. The only time when Jerusalem was without wall was when it was destroyed by the enemy. In the vision, God asked the Israelites to flee from the north. Babylon is located in the north. Many other enemies that invaded Israel before also located in the north. The reason God asked the Israelites to flee from Babylon because he is going to bring judgment on them. Babylon is often associated with wickedness.
Zechariah 2:7-10 talks about the coming of Christ, that, many people will come to believe in God and become part of his people. Zechariah 2:8 alludes to after Lord Jesus had sent the angel to avenge against the nation who plunder the Israelites, the angel will punish the enemies by making their slaves plunder them. Israel is the apple of his eyes.
Zechariah 2 Bible Study
1. God never fails to keep his promise
God always do what he says so you can always trust in the promises of God in the Bible. God has already given his marvelous promises so that we can escape our problems (2 Peter 1:4). Genesis 28:12-15 says that God will never leave you until he fulfill his promises. God’s trustworthiness is demonstrated consistently. Sometimes, it may take a long time for God’s promises to be fulfilled but it will happen. We should imitate those who inherit God’s promises through faith and perseverance.
2. Problems build our faith
Every single one of us will face problems in life. It is part of life to have problems. The existences of problems help us to increase our faith in God. Problems can build us up and make us become stronger Christians. Without problems, you won’t experience improvement in your spiritual life. If you never face any obstacle in life, you probably will not seek God as diligently as when you have problems.
3. Turn to God when you face problem
When you have problem, the first person you should turn to for help should be God. If you turn to men for help, there is a chance that men will disappoint you. God will never let you down but many people often complain about God never keeping his promises. Many people often get disappointed when God never come through their most difficult times.
4. Trust God as your only providence
One of God promises is that he will take care of us by providing all we need in this world if we trust in him and put him first in our life. The promise God makes is everlasting. God never tell lies so the promises he makes won’t be broken unlike the promises made by men. Human can make promises and break them but God won’t. Numbers 23:19 KJV says ‘God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?’ Therefore, we should never compare God’s trustworthiness to a human. God never change hind, tell lies, deceive, or mislead you. He is a trustworthy God so you can trust him to keep every detail of his promises. (Hebrews 10:23, 2 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 4: 13, Romans 4:19)
5. Surrender your burdens to Jesus
God is trustworthy because he always keeps his word. We cannot control all our circumstances. When you face a difficult problem, all you can do is to surrender it to Jesus. You must persevere in your prayer and not give up in seeking the Lord. In the Bible, we read about how God fulfill his promises.