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April 6, 2016

“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the LORD, “and I will be its glory within” (Zechariah 2:5).

Part 3 . . .

Zechariah 2 begins the prophet’s third vision. In this vision, he saw a man with a measuring line, perhaps a surveyor of sort. Upon asking the surveyor where he was going, the man replied, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is” (Zechariah 2:2). It seems likely that this ties in with the first vision, where we read: And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem (Zechariah1:16).

Thereafter, another angel told the angel who had been speaking with Zechariah to run and tell the surveyor that Jerusalem would be a city without walls, that its population would be larger than before, that the LORD would be a wall of fire around it, and that He would also be their glory within.

Walls were a conventional way of defending ancient cities. Even though the temple repairs had been undergoing for some time, it is likely there were some who thought the walls should be restored before the temple work began; and, the surveyor may have represented that mindset. His task was to measure and prepare for the reconstruction of the walls. But the angel of the LORD stopped him. Why? Perhaps it was because God had other plans.

The city would have a greater population than in the past; therefore, the walls would need to expand beyond their previous location. Furthermore, since conventional walls did not stop the Babylonians from overthrowing the city, why should they rely upon past practices, especially when they did not work? That is why God said that He would be their wall of protection.

Within the confines of this anecdote is there an underlying message, a Kingdom principle that we should embrace? Consider the following. We are to prepare for the future by relying on the LORD for our protection, not the past, not its conventional thinking nor its failed methodologies. For the LORD wants us to depend on Him, and Him alone. Granted, He may lead us to develop a high-tech solution. But, when He is the provider and defender behind our defense systems, then we know they will be failsafe!