Measuring Jerusalem

MEASURING JERUSALEM
Zechariah 2:1-5 

INTRO: The literal city of Jerusalem was a walled city, and therefore of definite and well established dimensions. If one wanted to know its size, he but had to go to the proper authorities. Yet our text shows us a man with a measuring line, about to “measure Jerusalem.” An angel then points out that Jerusalem was to be a city “without walls.” This is the third of eight visions the prophet saw, and it relates to the age of the Messiah. The city spoken of here would have no physical walls; a new kind of measurement must be applied. The “Jerusalem” mentioned here is the kingdom of God under Christ; the church of the Lord (cf. Heb. 12:22-23). Concerning this city:

I  WHAT IS THE BREADTH THEREOF?
   
A. Wide enough to include all the saved.
         1. All the saved are added to it (Acts 2:47).
         2. “All ye that labor …” (Matt. 11:28).
         3. “… whosoever will …” (Rev. 22:17).
    B. Yet it is narrow enough to exclude the unsaved.
         1. “… and the door was shut …” (Matt. 25:10).
         2. The disobedient turned away at judgment (Matt. 7:21-23).
         3. Whether man is included or excluded depends on him!
    C. Disciples were to go “into all the world …” (Mk. 16:15-16).
         1. Gospel to be preached to every creature (cf. Col. 1:23).
         2. All nations flowed into that kingdom (Isa. 2:2-4).
         3. God’s love extended to all (Acts 10:34-35; John 3:16; Tit. 2:11-12).

II WHAT IS THE LENGTH THEREOF?
   
A. The church cannot be measured with a yardstick!
         1. It has no physical dimensions.
         2. “My kingdom is not of this world …” (John 18:36).
    B. Just how long is it?
        1. To reach from earth to heaven (Matt. 7:13-14).
        2. Therefore, no physical boundary lines.
    C. Consider its length with respect to time.
        1. Not an “afterthought” on the part of God.
            i. Purposed from eternity (Eph. 3:10-11).
        2. It would never be destroyed (Dan. 2:44).
        3. It will stand (Heb. 12:28).
        4. In contrast, the kingdoms of men are temporary; with the advancing ages,
            will crumble and fall.

III  IS IT LARGE ENOUGH TO FIT THE NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS?
    
A.What do people need religiously?
         1. They need a name (Acts 4:10-12; 11:26).
         2. They need a doctrine (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9-11).
         3. They need a system of worship (John 4:24).
              i. Truth determined by God’s word (John 17:17).
         4.They need a government.
             i. The church an absolute monarchy; Christ is its head and king (Eph. 1:22-23; ;Col. 1:18).
     B.Even man-made religions need these things!
         1. Problem? They have devised their own.

IV WHAT PRESERVES IT?
   
A. No walls are needed.
        1. Literal Jerusalem needed walls for protection.
            i. Meant much to the Jews (cf. Nehemiah).
    B. God has promised to guard his spiritual city (v. 5, text).
        1. Its purity is up to its members (Eph. 5:27).
        2. God’s word is their weapon (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12).
             i. This word is eternal (1 Pet. 1:23).
        3. If the inhabitants of this great city will do their part, God will be a “glory
            in the midst of her” (text).

CONCLUSION: After measuring the churches of men, they fall miserably short in supplying men’s spiritual needs. They may provide his physical craving and desires – but that is all. Jerusalem – the Lord’s church – can be measured in every way conceivable, and still provide man with everything that God intended for his spiritual needs and welfare.