Zechariah 5: Breaking the Law
Zechariah 5 must’ve been kind of a weird experience. A giant flying scroll floats into the picture.
Zec 5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
Zec 5:2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
Zec 5:3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
Zec 5:4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
I find it interesting that this document is a curse. What is the purpose of the curse? Sinners are going to be cut off. On one side of it talks about stealing, and on the other side it talks about falsely swearing oaths.
Both of these are sins, and both of them tied directly to the 10 Commandments as the latter is a form of bearing false witness in my opinion. What is interesting is that on the basis of sin, people are going to be cut off.
This is a very standard picture of sin. There is a law. There is a standard, and we all have violated that at one point or another. We avoid the big ones like murder, but we all have hurt someone else at some point. We all have offended God at some point. I have never met anyone who is perfect.
In that sense, the law is our curse. It is ultimately what will condemn us because we have broken the law. Justice will be done.
Oh, you know the good news of the gospel?
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God loved the world, and He sent His one and only Son to pay the penalty. Justice was done. The consequence of our violation of the law is being cut off. However, because of what Jesus Christ did, we will not perish. We will not be cut off if we believe in Him as our one and only Savior.
It is a hard thought, but humanity is sinful. That should be blatantly obvious when you see the broken world around us. That being said, God paid the price. It really is an amazing thing.