Daily Devotional Wednesday 13th September 2023

by William Moody

Zechariah 5

A Vision of a Flying Scroll

5:1 Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll! And he said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.”1 Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land. For everyone who steals shall be cleaned out according to what is on one side, and everyone who swears falsely2 shall be cleaned out according to what is on the other side. I will send it out, declares the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of him who swears falsely by my name. And it shall remain in his house and consume it, both timber and stones.”

A Vision of a Woman in a Basket

Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, “Lift your eyes and see what this is that is going out.” And I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the basket3 that is going out.” And he said, “This is their iniquity4 in all the land.” And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket! And he said, “This is Wickedness.” And he thrust her back into the basket, and thrust down the leaden weight on its opening.

Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings. They had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. 10 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they taking the basket?” 11 He said to me, “To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it. And when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its base.”


[1] 5:2 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
[2] 5:3 Hebrew lacks falsely (supplied from verse 4)
[3] 5:6 Hebrew ephah; also verses 7–11. An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
[4] 5:6 One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts eye


This great scroll, which was 15 feet by 30 feet speaks of God recording and cursing those who steal and lie (v1-2). This reminds us that integrity in words and actions are not optional extras for those who are the Lord’s. Those who engage in the sins of lying and stealing will face God’s judgment (v3-4).

The next vision is of a woman in a basket who represents ‘Wickedness’ (v5-8). The woman is thrust back into the basket and the basket is taken away from God’s (v9-11). Shinar (v11) is where Babylon is and where the tower of Babel was before. This place represents evil.

The important point of this vision is that God removes wickedness from among His people. This is always God’s great desire and passion. This is what Easter is all about. Jesus died outside of Jerusalem, outside the camp, to take sin away from the people of God.

Jesus’ shed blood is the ‘double cure’, to cleanse us of both sin’s guilt and power. We need to live in the light of this victory and make no allowance for sin to dwell within our lives. Pray about any sin you allow to linger.

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