In Zechariah chapter 2 we read of a man with a measuring line in his hand who is after further explanation, measuring the width and length of the city. There isn’t much mentioned about the man who is measuring the city or better yet why he is doing it. It is clear that Zechariah is seeing a man who is that of an angel and that the vision is clearly much more than the man simply measuring the city. This vision represents something, but what? This vision to Zechariah is one that is representing the future of Jerusalem and the growth that is about to acquire.
“And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” (Zechariah 2:2)
The vision may also be a look into the future for Zechariah, and how Jerusalem is destined to be without walls and be inhabited as villages. To me it is funny how simply Yahweh had to make his visions to his people. Zechariah goes about asking the angel without fear by simply asking him; hey what are you doing with that tape measure in your hand? The angel is setting the scene for Jerusalem to change and morph into a totally different city. Something else interesting to me is that the vision is also some type of reference to the fact that Jerusalem one day will not be bound by walls, and will be protected by the presence of Yahweh in the city. This I believe is also a reference to the future Messiah who will redeem and protect the city without walls are protection, simply protected by his glory.