Zechariah 2 has the prophet sharing another vision God has given him. “And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length?”. This was an angelic being who was doing God’s work of measuring Jerusalem to see if it was big enough to hold those that God would bring back to the city. God’s restoration of the remnant was coming, and He wanted to be sure it was able to handle the people.
It’s going to be a large influx – so large that they won’t all fit within the walls, so God gives them a promise. “I will be to her a wall of fire all around….I will be the glory in her midst”. In that day, city walls were a big deal when it came to protection. But God makes it clear that they don’t need a wall to protect them from their enemies – He was going to take care of that Himself. God has been waiting for this time to restore His people to His chosen city and will bless it with or without walls.
God makes it clear that His people are special. “He who touches you touches the apple of His eye”: Those words are used to describe something precious to the Father, something that can be injured and needs His protection. And God makes it clear that is exactly what He is going to do – to keep His people safe and cause those around them to know that He is the source of their protection and strength. “Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me”. As they see God do His work in their lives, they will know that He alone is their protection and strength.
God gives His people the biggest promise of all at the end of this vision. “I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you”. They have been exiled for 70 years, scattered all across Babylon and other nations. But now God is bringing them back and restoring them to Himself in His city. That’s the business God has always been in, and is today as well. He longs to have us come back to Him and rebuild our relationship with Him. He’s there with open arms, just waiting for our return. Will you come back to God? And if you have, will you walk with Him day by day in sweet fellowship and obedience? That is what God desires from us.