Thursday, November 06, 2008

Zechariah 1:18-21 [2:1-4 Heb]

This brief part of the vision seems to declare God's judgment on those that scattered Israel—implicitly Babylon and Assyria. I think the best reading is to see this as asserting God's sovereignty over the action of Darius in quelling rebellion. If the Persians were Babylon's punishment, Zechariah insists they will not escape but God has sent his workers to bring an end to their rebellion.

Thus Darius is an agent of God's vengeance, immediately reminding me of the role of all government as the agent of God's justice (in a limited sense) at present (Rom 13).

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