Tag: curse of a broken law
Scripture reading for September 30th: Zechariah 5-6
God gave Zechariah a vision of a giant flying scroll. God told him that this scroll was the curse going out over the land coming against all who were thieves and liars. This curse would destroy them and their houses. (Zechariah 5:1-4) The second vision was of a measuring basket, full of the iniquity. When Zechariah looked into the lead-covered basket, he saw a woman whose name was “Wickedness”. Then two women with wings lifted the basket and carried it to the country of Babylon. (Zechariah 5:6-11)
God’s word contains a list of promised blessings for those who obey God’s law and a list of curses for those who break God’s law. (Deuteronomy 28:1-13) God promised the blessings would run after His people and overtake them if they were obedient and faithful. The curses would also run after them and overtake them if they were disobedient. (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) What Zechariah saw in his vision of the scroll was the curse coming upon the land and bringing judgment and destruction because of their lying and stealing.
The woman in the basket taken to Babylon was also a reminder to God’s people about the consequences of idolatry! Babylon, the land of Shinar, was the site of the tower of Babel where idolatry had it’s beginning and God judged the people. (Genesis 11:1-9) Babylon was also where God sent His people for seventy years of captivity because of their disobedience. (Jeremiah 25:11-12) God’s people were called out of Babylon, the home of “wickedness”! (Jeremiah 51:6) (Revelation 18:4)
God next told Zechariah get some of the silver and gold that had been brought from Babylon by the exiles who had just returned. He was to have a crown made and was then to set it on the head of Joshua, the high priest. This word from God was to be spoken: “Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and He will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on His throne. And He will be a priest on His throne.” (Zechariah 6:12-13a) This King/Priest is none other than Jesus Christ! He is the “Branch” of King David who is our High Priest and King forever! He is the foundation for the true Temple!