Zech. 2:5 For I says the LORD, “will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”
The Lord calls Himself a wall of fire around His people. He was telling His people in the strongest language that He would protect them totally and permanently. This promise was not only for the earthly city of Jerusalem, it was specially a promise for His New Jerusalem, His church. This promise is for us today.
This word came true for me during one of our tree planting trips back in the 1970’s. I had been working all day, planting trees in the remote coastal mountains of Oregon when I overheard on the crew chief’s radio that a crew truck had gone off of the road. That was all the information we got and I was worried about the worst. Going off the road could be catastrophic, these were winding mountain roads with enormous drop-offs to the river below. Parris had gone down to town grocery shopping for our team that day, I had a feeling it was her truck that went over the side. Actually, it turned out to be her truck. To make a long story short, the tire tracks of her vehicle went off of the road into space. The truck ridiculously balanced on a sapling, tottering safely for everyone to climb out of the car. It seems like the angelic wall of fire was working. Here are some observations by Henry on this passage.
“It shall be safe, for God himself will be a wall of fire round about it. Jerusalem had no walls about it at this time, but lay naked and exposed; formerly, when it had walls, the enemies not only broke through them, but broke them down; but now God will be unto her a wall of fire. Some think it alludes to shepherds that made fires about their flocks, or travelers that made fires about their tents in desert places, to frighten wild beasts from them. God will not only make a hedge about them as he did about Job, not only make walls and bulwarks about them, but he will be a wall of fire round them, which cannot be broken through, nor scaled, nor undermined, nor the foundations of it sapped, nor can it be attempted, or approached, without danger to the assailants. God will not only make a wall of fire about her, but he will himself be such a wall; for our God is a consuming fire to his and his church’s enemies. He is a wall of fire, not on one side only, but round about on every side.”