Summary: In a burst of messianic grandeur sparked by disclosing a portion of His future glory in Jerusalem, the Lord shouts out in prophetic anticipation to prepare those who are to be His people. Let us also experience the excitement of God within our text as He
ZECHARIAH 2: 6-13
MAKING HIS HABITATION HOLY
Though the passage has application to Zechariah's day it is also a prophecy of the future. In a burst of messianic grandeur sparked by disclosing a portion of His future glory in millennial Jerusalem, the Lord shouts out in prophetic anticipation to prepare those who are to be His people. Let us also experience the excitement of God within our text as He continues to reveal the might and glory which result by His final earthly tabernacling or dwelling.
Also found within our text is the Lord's identifying Himself as the LORD yet distinguishing Himself from the LORD God. The LORD here looks forward to His dwelling in Zion, yet, back upon the mission He was sent on by the LORD God. And yet this mission He would be sent on was chronologically still in the future. The certainty of His people's redemption is an amazing miracle of sovereignty (CIM).
I. THE CALLING OUT OF GOD'S PEOPLE, 2:6-7.
(The Calling Out For Purity)
II. THE PRECIOUSNESS OF GOD'S PEOPLE, 2:8-9.
(Sent After Glory)
III. DWELLING IN THE MIDST OF HIS PEOPLE, 2:10-13.
I. THE CALLING OUT OF GOD'S PEOPLE, 2:6-7
(The Calling Out for Purity)
The LORD's promises for Jerusalem have implications for those who had not returned from Babylon. "Ho there! Flee from the north," declares the LORD, "for I have spread you out as the four winds of heaven," declares the LORD.
Because of the topography of the land in Israel the enemies of Israel attacked them from the north. The Babylonian invasion came from the north. (North refers to Babylon in Jer. 1:14f; 6:1, 22, 10:22; Isa. 41:25; 43:6). The final enemy that will attack Israel will come from the north [the bear of the north].
God is here calling out to His people who live within the territory of the enemy to flee. God tells His people to flee because His judgment is about to blaze forth upon the enemies of His people and He did not want His people to be singed because they were too near the flame. This call would certainly apply to those still living in Babylon (Jer. 51:45ff).
The word dispersed is more exactly ‘spread out' meaning His people were scattered out in all directions. [The various deportations from the land scattered them to Assyria, Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, and neighboring countries which might collectively be described as Babylon, the place of exile.] God had spread them out as part of their judgment. It thus took a divine command and divine power to enable their return. Most of them had not returned from this scattering and so are commanded to return so that they too could experience restoration and avoid His judgment on the nations.
We can see here a dual (or tri) fulfillment prophecy. Though a remnant had returned to ancient Judah, most of the Jews were not living in the promised land. Thus historically this call was fulfilled when more of the Israelites returned to Judah. This prophecy also calls the Jewish people back to Israel, to Palestine, before God judges the north (which could mean Russia) in the great tribulation. We have seen this gathering occurring since 1948 when Israel again became a nation after nearly 2,000 years.