By Meredith G. Kline
From the preface: "...[T]he stories that contain this booklet have been designed to serve fairly without delay the needs of these preaching on Zechariah's evening visions. extra widely, even if, our purpose has been to domesticate between the entire Lord's humans an appreciation of the biblical-theological method within the exploration of the treasures of God's saving fact within the Scriptures. what's provided here's then a biblical-theological examining of the prophetic visions of Zechariah 1-6. we strive to understand the importance of those visions within the gentle in their id as a part of the general eschatological drama of the dominion of God from construction to consummation, that eschatological fact on which they, in flip, are themselves a window. although differing slightly in shape from the standard verse-by-verse observation, this biblical-theological examine remains to be provided as a piece of rigorous exegesis, with clean suggestions steered for the translation of a few of the foremost exegetical puzzles with which the enigmatic yet no longer unfathomable symbolism of those visions confronts us.
Featured in the course of the evening visions is a remarkably wealthy revelation of the Messiah. Reflecting that, each one of our chapters is entitled by way of the place of work or redemptive act of Christ that's highlighted within the imaginative and prescient in view. additionally conspicuous is the position of the Spirit in terms of the messianic undertaking, really in his id because the theophanic Glory, the Glory-Spirit. This Glory of the heavenly presence of the triune God is certainly the dominant truth in Zechariah's visionary international. And critical within the message of the evening visions is the gospel promise that this Glory-Presence is vouchsafed to God's humans, eventually in eschatological fullness. as a result the identify: Glory in Our Midst.
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Like the Glory-Spirit, the source of life, the trees provided the fruit of life; they were good for food. Indeed God invested one tree with special symbolic meaning as a tree of life, and another tree with the significance of the judgment tree, reflecting the judicial dominion of the Glory-Spirit. These two trees were sacramental means facilitating the full development of man as the image of God, the likeness of the Glory-Spirit. The character of trees as natural poetic images of the Glory-canopy may explain the significance of the frequent appearance of trees as cultic objects at places of worship.
Pss 6:3 ; 80:4 ; 90:13; cf. 79:5). " appears reflect situations like that in Zech 1:12 and indicate more explicitly the kind of divine action the Angel would have been requesting. Ps 74:10 asks how long the enemy will continue to reproach and blaspheme God's name. Adversaries have devastated God's sanctuary, profaning his name ( w . 3-8). The psalmist laments that God has cast off his congregation in anger forever ( w . 1,2) but appeals to him as the Creator ( w . 16,17), the God of the exodus who overcame the sea and the sea-monsters ( w .
To see how it was that the Feast of Tabernacles signified this additional feature of a present participation in the promised future glory, we must explore further the symbolism of the booths. In the process, we will also discover further confirmation of our interpretation of the myrtles in Zechariah 1 as containing an allusion to these booths. 4. Myrtles and Tabernacles—Replicas of the Glory-Spirit: Crude in form, hastily set up, and thus apt symbols of the impermanence of the wilderness era, the booths were nevertheless designed to be replicas of the theophanic Glory itself.
Glory in Our Midst: A Biblical-Theological Reading of Zechariah's Night Visions by Meredith G. Kline