Exegetical Studies in Zechariah Part 7 -- By: Charles Lee Feinberg

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 099:393 (Jan 1942)
Article: Exegetical Studies in Zechariah Part 7
Author: Charles Lee Feinberg


Exegetical Studies in Zechariah
Part 7

Charles Lee Feinberg

(Continued from the October-December Number, 1941)

II. The Prophet’s Night-Visions, 1:7-6:15.

f. The Vision of the Flying Roll, 5:1-4.

The last three visions of the prophet are of an entirely different nature than the preceding ones. The messages of the visions thus far have been of a decidedly consolatory character. There is to be enlargement for Israel; yes, more, the subjugation of all her enemies, the internal cleansing of the nation for priestly service, and the consequent ministry of illumination and witness to the rest of the world are all set forth. Before these prophecies can be fulfilled in the nation, there must be the righteous judgment of God upon all sinners and all transgression. This rightly presupposes what is elsewhere in Scripture stated positively: before the blessings of the first five visions will be actualized, there will intervene in the life of the nation a period of moral declension and apostasy. God must and will purge out all iniquity, though He has promised untold glory for the godly in Israel. Zechariah knows nothing (nor does any other writer of the Scriptures) of the mawkish theology that is so much in vogue in our day, that considers God as the God of love, overlooking every failure, shortcoming, and defection in man. True, twice over John the apostle in his First Epistle designates God as the God of love, but he sounds forth the warning of impending judgment upon all ungodliness in all the writings that the Spirit of God directed him to pen. If God can overlook sin lightly because of His love, then what need is there for Isaiah to state of Him that He is “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth

eternity, whose name is Holy” (Isa 57:15)? What object is accomplished in Habakkuk’s great declaration: “Thou that art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and that canst not look on perverseness” (Hab 1:13)? Why should the majestic Epistle to the Hebrews inject such notes as these: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” or “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 10:31; 12:29)? Away with a half-baked theology! Let us magnify the love of God and at the same time maintain His irreproachable holiness.

The visions of the fifth chapter are closely related in thought and concept, so much so that some have taken the two as one (Keil, Lowe, and others). We prefer to treat the visions as distinct because, though connected in meaning, they are surely quite differen...

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