The Man Who is Measuring Jerusalem

When Tom Haggai went off to college, his dad said to him: “Remember, son, God is more interested in you than anything you’ll do, but whatever you do, do it well, for you never know when God is standing in the shadows measuring you for a bigger opportunity.” … More


The third vision of the surveyor (the man with the measuring tape) is divided as follows:

  1. The details of the vision (vv.1-4).
  2. The explanation of the vision (v. 5).
  3. The prophetic exhortation of the vision (vv.6-12).
  4. The proper response of the vision (v.13).

The man with the measuring line symbolizes the hope of a rebuilt Jerusalem and a restored people.  He was about to measure Jerusalem in preparation for her reconstruction. The day would come when the population of Jerusalem would be so great that it would overflow her boundaries (vv.3,4). However, the city will need no fortification or protection because of God’s presence (v.4b). The Lord will protect Jerusalem’s with a wall of fire (v. 5).

Beginning with verse 6 and continuing through the chapter the prophet sounds four warnings:

  1. All exiles in Babylon need to hasten to return to Jerusalem (vv.6,7).
  2. God will judge the nations that have scattered Israel (vv.8,9). 
  3. God will bless many nations through Israel (vv. 10-12).
  4. All mankind should be in silent obedience to the Lord (v.13).
How do we measure up? Are we measuring up according to God’s standards or are we relying upon the changing standards of man? Use the Word of God as your measurement. Use Jesus as your standard. That’s the only way that you will really measure up to what God wants you to be.


I need to be careful how I treat or measure Christians because that is the way I am treating God.

Zechariah 2:1-13 (English Standard Version)

And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! 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." And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him and said to him, "Run, say to that young man, 'Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declares the LORD. For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the LORD. Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: "Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem." Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

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