Zechariah 5:2 “…I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.”
Scroll flying through the air, or hovering. It’s unrolled completely so he can see how long and wide it is and apparently that it has writing on both sides.
3 “…Every thief shall be expelled…this side…Every perjurer shall be expelled…that side of it”
What is written on each side. One side was a law against theft, the other a law against perjury. Commentaries say the fact that it was flying shows it wasn’t static, it was ready to be implemented.
4 “…It shall remain in the midst of his house And consume it…”
It will stay in the house of the thief and the one who swears falsely by the LORD’s name until it completely destroys it. Theft and perjury shall be removed from the land.
NOTE: Not a real clear picture of why this was included. Seems to stick out all by itself. Could be part of the overall idea of God re-establishing the Jews in the land. Getting them resettled and removing the sin. They were slow to obey in rebuilding the temple. Nehemiah will find that they were cheating God by offering unfit sacrifices. They may have already been doing that here. Showing great disrespect for God and His law by cheating Him and using His name falsely. This section could be part of the list of things God was handling at this point.
6-8 “…It is a basket…This is their resemblance throughout the earth…This is Wickedness!…”
He saw a large basket with a woman sitting in it. The angel forces her into it and covers it with a lead disc or cover. Phrase about their resemblance was confusing. Commentaries suggest it is the appearance of the Jews at the moment, that of evil or wickedness, which ties with the previous verses regarding theft and perjury. They look like wickedness. But He is containing it in the basket to do something with it.
9 “…they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven”
Two women with wings carry the basket away. Commentaries are all over the place with this section while it seems to make the most sense to me. God is removing the wickedness of the land. I think the commentaries get hung up on trying to assign meaning to every single aspect. To me, since it is a vision, it could have specific or general meaning. Seeing two women doing the carrying while one was in the basket could mean God used like types to move the wickedness away, like using Medes/Persians to punish Babylon. Or they could have been just the way Zechariah saw them. At any rate, the wickedness is being carried away from the land.
10-11 “…Where are they carrying the basket?…To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
Shinar, the land of Babylon. Location of earthly evil, man trying to do things his way instead of God’s. Tower of Babel, land of the Babylonians, purveyors of magic and witchcraft, and eventually the land of the Antichrist. Like throwing out the trash to the garbage pile. Removing the evil of the land to where all the other evil resides. Saying a house would be built for it and that it was set on its base implies a permanence, where it belongs. It will reside there until God eventually destroys it completely.
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