Zechariah 2: Why Measuring?
Zechariah had a kind of bizarre vision regarding a man with a measuring tape in chapter 2.
Zec 2:1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
Zec 2:2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
I think that this might seem insignificant, but the reason stood out to me is that we have seen this type of behavior before, and we’re going to see this type of behavior again. At the end of Ezekiel, the Temple is being measured. In Revelation, the Temple is going to be measured by John. When Solomon built the Temple, it was done to very specific measurements.
I point this out because hearing Zechariah, this is all that we get about the measurement. We then move on to a conversation between two angels. It seemed kind of bizarre that you would put this little footnote about a man measuring.
I wrote before when we talked about Ezekiel that the level of detail present is amazing. God is truly a God of details. I certainly believe that is true, but I’m not positive we are given this information here for the same reason. Why? There are no measurements given. We just know that the action is going to happen.
The context might be helpful from the end of chapter 1 as we try to figure out the relevance. Zechariah has a vision where he sees four carpenters coming to knock down the power of the four horns who have oppressed Judah.
I am not necessarily going to try to interpret the prophecy for you. That is not my area of expertise whatsoever, but there is something significant about the fact that immediately after these bad people are being beaten, there is someone there who seems to be a repair man who comes with a tool.
Immediately after this vision of the man, the injuries begin talking about how awesome Jerusalem is going to be. God is going to dwell in the midst of the people after all.
Therefore, I wonder if that is the significance of the measurement man. He is setting the stage. He is getting the bearings of where the people were at the moment, and we then see where they are going to be in the future.
After all, measuring tells you the way something is. It explains the current state. As a result, it seems to me that this kind of random passage might be going down those lines. Any other thoughts on that?