The Book of Zechariah-Chapter 5

In the last chapter we saw the people who are rejoicing over the rebuilding of the Temple. Now we are going to see the other side and how the Lord will judge them. This is the sixth vision.
1) Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying (denotes spiritual movement, going forth) scroll (an edict holding the curse of God-Deut 27.15-26; 28.15-68).
2) And he said to me (the angel), “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits (the scroll was open and could be measured; this corresponds to the dimensions as the pavement of judgment in Solomon’s Temple porch-1 Kings 6.3- and the holy place in the Mishkan).”
3) Then he said to me, “This is the curse (Deut 27.15) that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears (falsely) will be purged away according to the writing on the other side.
4) I will make it go forth (they robbed God by not building the Temple and not bringing the offerings (Neh 13.10; Mal 3.5-8),” declares the Lord of hosts, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by mu name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones.”
5) Then the angel who was speaking with me went out, and said to me, “Lift up now your eyes, and see what this is, going forth.”
6) And I said, “What is it (this is the seventh vision)?” And he said, “This is the ephah (about seven gallons, measuring the iniquity that is filling up) going forth.” Again he said, “This is their appearance (“eye” meaning the evil they are intending) in all the land,
7) and behold, a lead (used in commerce, weights and measures) cover (lid) was lifted up; and this is a woman (literally “one woman” and carries the idea of “giving birth” to sin-Prov 2.16; 5.3-4) sitting inside the ephah.”
8) Then he said, “This is wickedness (a new influence over the Jewish people, trade and commerce, symbolized by the ephah. After the captivity, Israel was transforming from an agricultural people to one of merchants. Because of these new occupations, the two sins mentioned in verse 3 developed, theft and perjury. Idolatry was not the problem as it was before the captivity, now it is shameless commercialism not governed by the Torah-Amos 8.5)!” And he threw her down into the middle of the ephah (confined the sin, not allowed to get worse) and cast the lead weight on its opening.
9) Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and there two women (the power and justice of God) were coming out with the wind in their wings (by the power of the Ruach Ha Kodesh is feminine in Hebrew); and they had wings like the wings of a stork (large, strong birds but kind and tender, showing that there is no cruelty when God displays his power), and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heavens (an idiom meaning “unworthy of both” and “judgment.” Absalom was suspended by his hair-2 Sam 18.9).
10) And I said to the angel who was speaking with me, “Where are they taking the ephah?”
11) Then he said to me, “To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar (meaning “shaking out” where Israel was “shaken” out; Babylon, called a “treacherous dealer” in Isa 21.2 and 24.16, where the Jews were carried into captivity denotes the cause of their sin), and when it is prepared, she will be set there on her own pedestal (God was going to remove their sin from them and from the land and put it back where it came from).”

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