Mind your head!

"I see a flying scroll, thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide." Zechariah 5.2


The next two visions have to do with judgment and, in both cases, it is airborne - an indication that this judgment is directly administered by God with no human agency. In the first instance, a flying scroll is seen entering the homes of those guilty of breaking the 3rd and 8th Commandments and, in the second, a woman personifying wickedness of all sorts but possibly of a chiefly sexual nature, is incarcerated in a huge basket and whisked off to Babylonia, itself a personification of all that is bad, where she belongs.


Thieving, profanity and sexual immorality were probably just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the wickedness that God intends to purge from his people. Though the judgment to which Zechariah gives expression is stark, it is motivated by the Lord's desire to create a safe place in which virtue and grace can thrive. In our desire to be tolerant we must never forget that good and evil cannot co-exist: we either flourish in a moral universe or we writhe in hell. This, of course, is a work in progress. What will get us to our desired destination is the direction we are moving in and that must involve the coordination of every aspect of our lives, otherwise we risk being pulled in all directions, getting nowhere.

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