The following commentary covers Chapters 2, 3, and 4.
the centre of blessing: necessity of judgment
Thus re-established, Zion,
the mountain of Jehovah, will be the centre of blessing
and peace to all the nations (chap. 2: 1-4). This puts
the invitation to the people into the prophet's mouth to
come and walk in the light of Jehovah. Why has He
forsaken His people? Because they have learnt the ways of
the heathen. Well, the day of Jehovah shall be upon all
the glory of man, and upon all his idols. They may cease
from man, for God's own people on the earth, the place of
His rest, shall be judged and smitten by their God
(chaps. 3, 4). But in that day shall the Branch of
Jehovah be glorious, and the earth shall be blessed. He
who smites binds up the wounds by introducing the
Messiah, and by Him blessing the earth. The remnant will
be holy when the cleansing of Jerusalem shall have been
accomplished by the judgment and the fire of Jehovah.
Jerusalem shall be protected and glorified by the
manifestation of Jehovah's presence, like the tabernacle
in the wilderness. Such is the form in which the
introduction to this prophecy is presented with much
force and clearness.