Day 34 - The Flying Scroll
Choose the Good Path!
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him, all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
Zechariah 5 is our passage today, there are 2 visions in this chapter both are dealing with sin throughout the land.
In the last several visions we saw the religious and political obstacles being removed from the future of Israel, Zechariah in the next two Visions beholds the land purged of its crime and wickedness.
The Flying Scroll
Zechariah 5:1-4 1 Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll. 2 And he said to me, "What do you see?" So I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” 3 Then he said to me, "This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole earth: 'Every thief shall be expelled,' according to this side of the scroll; and, 'Every perjurer shall be expelled,' according to that side of it.” 4 "I will send out the curse," says the LORD of hosts; "It shall enter the house of the thief And the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It shall remain in the midst of his house And consume it, with its timber and stones.”
Woman in the Basket
Zec. 5: 5-8 5Then the angel who talked with me came out and said to me, “Lift your eyes now, and see what this is that goes forth.” 6 So I asked, “What is it?” And he said, “It is a basket that is going forth.” He also said, “This is their resemblance throughout the earth: 7 Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is a woman sitting inside the basket”; 8 then he said, “This is Wickedness!” And he thrust her down into the basket and threw the lead cover over its mouth.
“This is Wickedness! The woman, the basket, and the weight are associated with wickedness. They personify greed, materialism, and dishonesty for profit.
The Hebrew word for Wickedness is feminine. This is probably why a woman personifies evil in this vision.
Zechariah prophesied to those who returned from the Babylonian exile. God’s people came back from Babylon with a materialism problem, and this vision speaks to this problem.
He thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead cover over its mouth: God first demonstrates his authority over evil then removes the wickedness from Jerusalem.” [David Guzik Commentary]
2 Women (angels) Return the Basket to Babylon
Zec. 5:9-11 9 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. 10 So I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?” 11And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
God sent this evil, materialistic spirit back to its starting-place: Babylon. There it will eventually be destroyed.
Israel was cleansed of idolatry after the Babylonian captivity. Unfortunately, time and time again the children of Israel went astray. Wickedness means wrong, especially morally, iniquity. As Israel did the Church today gets entangled in wickedness, worshipping idols, and goes after other gods.
The Lord sends His angels to deal with wickedness in our hearts and in the land. He will have a Bride without spot or wrinkle at His returning - so He is always purging our lives and His Church from religion, materialism, and wickedness.
Word of the Lord
My eyes are toward you says the Lord. I know that you are often tempted by the evil one but know this I am fighting for you! Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world. My Son lives in you, therefore, you have all the strength and willpower you need to overcome the temptations of this world. Holy Spirit and the angelic host are here to assist you in your walk - call upon them! Let My Spirit direct your path, let Him reveal the truth, so you won’t get snared by the enemies tactics. Not everything that looks good or right is Me says the Lord. Learn to heed the voice of My Spirit and the warnings from the angels because they know the path you are to walk on in this hour says the Spirit of God.
Open our eyes, Lord!
Unveil thou mine eyes, and I shall perceive wondrous things of thy law. - Psalms 119:18 (Brenton)
What does the Bible say?
Read: Jeremiah 29:11-14 and Jer. 6:16
Action: Let Holy Spirit search your heart to see if any wicked or perverse way is within you. Repent of anything revealed and get on the good road of life and peace; where an abundance of Spirit and Life dwell. Meditate on Jer. 29:11 & Jer. 6:16 - God has a good path for you without entanglements, find the path!
Decree: I choose a good way of the Lord - my path is filled with L’Chaim (life and abundance).