We arrive at Zechariah 5 seeing the visions of prophet Zechariah: a flying scroll and a ‘woman’ personifying wickedness. We shall read the first part: see what God means by wickedness, as shown in the vision of the flying scroll.
Summary: (verses 1-4)
God sees wickedness in the land. He wants His prophets (messengers) to see too and issue warnings.
Wickedness includes: stealing; swearing falsely using God’s name.
God wants HIs people to know He takes action against wickedness; Consequences of wickedness: “I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely using My Name.”
No house will escape. Note: there is no differentiation between thieves. God uses one description: thief. (Jesus warns of the motives of thief, in John 10:10)
- The curses are written in heaven and voluminous. Zechariah saw a scroll measuring 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.
- The scroll that contains the curse is going out over the entire land.
- The destructive effect of sins is total: ” And my curse will remain in that house and completely destroy it—even its timbers and stones.” (Zechariah 5:4)
The name of God is holy: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
This command is for the whole congregation of God’s people (including priests and every believer): Exodus 20:7 (NKJV) “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
Jesus forbids oaths : 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: ..37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5) (Note: Jesus warns of how one will open a door to the evil one by one’s mouth!)
Jesus warned of the thief of life: John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Zechariah 5:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT) A Flying Scroll
1 I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.
2 “What do you see?” the angel asked.
“I see a flying scroll,” I replied. “It appears to be about 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.[a]”
3 Then he said to me, “This scroll contains the curse that is going out over the entire land. One side of the scroll says that those who steal will be banished from the land; the other side says that those who swear falsely will be banished from the land. 4 And this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely using my name. And my curse will remain in that house and completely destroy it—even its timbers and stones.”