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A Study in Zechariah's Visions

A Study in Zechariah's Visions

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY Rev. JOHN ADAMS, B.D.

BY Rev. JOHN ADAMS, B.D.

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A STUDY I ZECHARIAH'S VISIOSBY Rev. JOH ADAMS, B.D.COTETSPAueI. The Prophet Zechariah . . . iII. The Man among the Myrtles . • 15III. The Dishorning of the ations . 33IV. The Man with the Measuring Line . 49V. The Purification of the Church . 65VI. The Upbuilding of the Community . 83VII. The Cleansing of the Land . . 103VIII. The Justification of Providence . 121Appendix . . . . .137Index . . . . . .141**The fault is ours, not theirs, if we wilfully misinterpretthe language of ancient prophets, if we persist inunderstanding their words in their outward and materialaspect only, and forget that before language hadsanctioned a distinction between the concrete and theabstract, between the purely spiritual as opposed to the
 
coarsely material, the intention of the speakers com-prehended both the concrete and the abstract, boththe material and the spiritual, in a manner which hasbecome quite strange to us, though it lives on in thelanguage of every true poet." ^^^ MiJLLER.ITHE PROPHET ZECHARIAHChapter I. i-6THE PROPHET ZECHARIAHIn ver. i Zechariah is described as thegrandson of " Iddo the prophet." Doesthis mean that Iddo belonged to the sameprophetical order as his illustrious de-scendant Zechariah ? The Masoretes wereof opinion that it did. They adopted theview that when a prophet is defined by theaddition of his father's or grandfather'sname, the ancestor so named was also a seeror prophet. Consequently they have joinedtogether the two Hebrew words by anordinary connective accent. In this case,however, they have helped to confuse thegrandfather of Zechariah with Iddo theseer who prophesied concerning Jeroboam,the son of ebat, in 2 Chron. ix. 29 ; butas there is nothing in the order of theHebrew words to necessitate this identifica-tion the Revised Version prefers to insert a3
 
The Man among the Myrtlescomma after Iddo — " Iddo, the prophet " — and thus limit the designation " prophet "to the son of Berechiah himself. Theinsertion of the comma is not so trivial asit seems. It helps to set in a clearer lightthe personality of the prophet.I. His Comparative Youth.As the son of Berechiah, Zechariah musthave been comparatively young when hebegan to prophesy in B.C. 520. He is notto be identified with the "young man"referred to in chap. ii. 4 ; but if his grand-father Iddo was one of the priests whowent up from Babylon with Zerubbabeland Joshua in 537 (eh. xii. 4), Zechariahhimself could not have been of any greatage when he began to prophesy in thesecond year of Darius Hystaspis. Hisfirst recorded prophecy overlaps the work of Haggai, being dated one month earlierthan Haggai's concluding message (Zech.i. I ; Hag. ii. 20) ; but as the latter wasone of the old men who had seen thehouse of God in its former glory, Zechariah4The Prophet Zechariahcan only be described as his younger and

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