Zechariah 2* The prosperity of Jerusalem. (1-5) The Jews called to returnto 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 theprophet sees with a measuring line in his hand, is theMaster-Builder of his church. God notices the extent of hischurch, and will take care that whatever number of guests arebrought to the wedding-supper, there shall be room. This visionmeans well to Jerusalem. The walls of a city, as they defend it,so they straiten its inhabitants; but Jerusalem shall beextended as freely as if it had no walls at all, yet shall be assafe as if it had the strongest walls. In the church of Godthere yet is room for other multitudes, more than man cannumber. None shall be refused who trust in Christ; and He nevershuts out from heaven one true member of the church on earth.God will be a Wall of fire round them, which can neither bebroken through nor undermined, nor can it be assailed withoutdanger to those who attack. This vision was to have its fullaccomplishment in the gospel church, which is extended byadmitting the Gentiles into it; and which has the Son of God forits Prince and Protector; especially in the glorious times yetto come. 6-9 If God will build Jerusalem for the people and theircomfort, they must inhabit it for him and his glory. Thepromises and privileges with which God's people are blessed,should engage us to join them, whatever it costs us. When Zionis enlarged to make room for all God's Israel, it is thegreatest madness for any of them to stay in Babylon. Thecaptivity of a sinful state is by no means to be continued in,though a man may be easy in worldly matters. Escape for thylife, look not behind thee. Christ has proclaimed thatdeliverance to the captives, which he has himself wrought out,and it concerns every one to resolve that sin shall not havedominion over him. Those who would be found among God'schildren, must save themselves from this world, see #Ac 2:40|.What Christ will do for his church, shall be an evident proof ofGod's care and affection. He that touches you, touches the appleof his eye. This is a strong expression of God's love to hischurch. He takes what is done against her as done against thetenderest part of the eye, to which the least touch is a greatoffence. Christ is sent to be the Protector of his church. 10-13 Here is a prediction of the coming of Christ in humannature. Many nations in that day would renounce idolatry, andGod will own those for his people who join him with purpose ofheart. Glorious times are foretold as a prophecy of our Lord'scoming and kingdom. God is about to do something unexpected, andvery surprising, and to plead his people's cause, which had longseemed neglected. Silently submit to his holy will, andpatiently wait the event; assured that God will complete all hiswork. He will ere long come to judgment, to complete thesalvation of his people, and to punish the inhabitants of theearth for their sins.
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