Zechariah 5:1–4 (NKJV)

5:1 Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll.

And he said to me, “What do you see?”

flying-scrollSo I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.”

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.”

This vision includes a giant scroll, unrolled in the air, flying.  It was big enough (30′ x 15′) to cover the holy place in Solomon’s temple.  It contained curses against two specific trespasses of the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments.  Those who steal or those who lie under oath and break God’s law will be expelled from the nation of Israel.  This curse is upon those who presume to be innocent when, in fact, they are guilty.  False piety, assumptions of innocence when truly guilty are reprehensible in the sight of God.  This act of God seems to represent the idea that God–if He is going to restore Jerusalem–would send this scroll throughout the land and cut off liars and thieves before He began the process of restoration.  God will restore, but He will also demand holiness and repentance beforehand.  Whatever trouble or loss in which you find yourself, repent and turn to holy living and God will bring you out!

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