Wednesday, March 6, 2013
On the Right Side of the Altar
Zacharias has a vision, explicitly in the temple. The angel (angelos, messenger) of the Lord appears to one side of the incense altar. This is a telling detail that speaks to the angel's message: the angel is the angel / messenger of the hekal. In the Worship of the Shalems, that makes the angel the Elias priest. Is Zacharias' reaction the reaction of the worshippers to the coming of Elias?