Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
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.
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.
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.
5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Zechariah 5 uses illustrations that no longer make much sense to those living in the modern, developed world. I’m not sure how much sense they made to Zechariah either, as he asks the angel “What is it?” (Zech 5:6). These visions tell me two things. Firstly, God knows we are easily confused and wants us to understand what’s happening so much so that he sent an angel to explain it to Zechariah.
I remember teaching Proverbs 3:5,6 to our children, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” and asking our sons what they thought it meant.Our youngest replied, “It means lots of confusing stuff is going to happen to you, but don’t worry about it.” God promises us He will let us know what He wants us to do.
The other thing this chapter tells me is that God is going to put a lid on evil just as he put a lead weight on the mouth of the ephah in which the wicked woman sat (see Zechariah 5:8). Someday, wickedness will no longer have free reign.
Karen D. Lifshay
Hermiston SDA Church Communications Secretary, Oregon USA