The passage lies uncommented on by the faculty and staff of every major, “recognized” Christian college and seminary in America. It deals with the power of Satan. … Why was this necessary? [The Lord rebuking Satan] Not one Hebrew scholar at your school, not one president of one faculty, not one “head” of any Bible department has had the “foggiest” for the last three hundred years. … Since you never met a Greek or Hebrew scholar (or a Bible reviser for that matter) who even understood these matters, it is no wonder that you never heard them discussed on tape, or in print. (p. 152)
Now let's break it down:
1. Ruckman could not possibly know if this verse is indeed uncommented on in every major recognized Christian college and seminary classroom in America, especially over a 300-year period!
2. Since it is virtually impossible to verify if colleges and seminaries are ignoring Zech. 3:2 in the classroom, we checked well-known commentaries. Ruckman did not single out Bible commentators, but he alleged that “…you never heard them discussed on tape, or in print.” Commentaries are a very likely indicator as to whether a verse is being ignored by scholars in the classroom. The following older commentaries dealt with the passage in question: The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary, John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, Matthew Henry's Exposition of the Old and New Testaments, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Albert Barne's Notes on the Bible, Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Whole Bible, and likely many more that we did not check.
3. In his interpretation, Ruckman alleges that the Lord was not able to rebuke the Devil directly until the incarnation, after he proved himself.
The ghastly truth is that the Lord does not rebuke the devil directly (see Luke 4 and Matt. 13) until He shows up as a man, in the FLESH. This means that until the incarnation, Satan "had a point" in arguing with God. It is the incarnation that shuts his mounth (see John 16:11). His mouth is shut after a personal, "one-on-one" encounter, to which Satan was challenged (see Isa. 50:7-9). The Lord had to prove Himself (Heb. 5:8, 9) before He could rebuke Satan directly. He proves Himself, and puts Satan to shame (see Col. 2:15). (Ruckman’s Bible References, p. 152)
This seems to be contradicted by the context of Zechariah 3 itself:
And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (Zec 3:1-2)
Ruckman has nothing special to contribute to our knowledge of Zech. 3:2 except his questionable views which he introduces as “the ghastly truth…” Ruckman overestimates the importance of his own conjectures. Ruckman knows better than to say outright “don’t listen to anyone else, only listen to me.” But by essentially knocking everyone else down, Ruckman is subtlety telling his readers not to listen to anyone but him. Christian, beware!