In these verses, the Angel of the Lord, the Intercessor, speaks directly to God the father on behalf of the nation of Judah. After 70 years of discipline and in the context now of re-building ministry out of brokenness, the Angel of the Lord asks God the Father, “how long, will you have no compassion for [Your people]”. This cry is reminiscent of Asaph’s (Psalm 74:10), Jeremiah’s (Jer 12:4) and Habakkuk’s (Hb 1:2) cry. Although the Angel’s, Psalmist’s and Jeremiah’s “how longs” are עַד־מָתַ֗י and Habakkuk’s “how long” is עַד־אָ֧נָה , the distinction is one of direct address (Angel’s, Psalmist’s and Jeremiah’s) vs pleading (Prophet’s).
In confidence the Angel of the Lord in Zechariah 1:12-17 for the nation of Judah (and foreshadowing Messiah’s ministry for us) and here and now Jesus Messiah for Us (Hebrews 5:5-10) speak reconciliation and peace so that God the Father answers with “gracious and comforting words” (Zech 1:1 NASB).
No matter where we are at in our faith walk and especially if that faith walk has yet to start, The God of the universe has sought us, has sought me and you with an eternal plan of redemption and new life through the Intercessor, through Jesus Christ. What an amazing promise…
Hebrews 5:5-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”;
6 just as He says also in another passage,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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