Today you should read: Zechariah 5
In chapter 5 of Zechariah, Zechariah receives his sixth and seventh vision from the Lord. God is showing his prophet many things. In this passage, Zechariah sees a flying scroll and a woman in a basket. These two visions are often discussed together because they support one another.
In the first 4 verses of this passage, we see the Spirit’s ability to reveal sin. In verse 3, the curse goes out to all the people in the land, and what is written on the scroll is to clean out those who steal and those who swear falsely. Then in verse 4, God says that the scroll will enter the thieves and liars house and their house will be destroyed. God is showing that He knows when people are cheating or not telling the truth to others. This vision shows God’s knowledge of sin and the promise that God will bring judgment because of sin. But the amazing thing is that the Spirit does not only reveal our sin but can also take it away.
Verses 5-11 show us that the Spirit has the ability to remove sin. In this vision, the lady “Wickedness” is sitting in a basket along with the people’s iniquity. In verse 9, Zechariah sees the basket being lifted up and taken to another place. The place it is taken is in the country of Babylon, where sin and wickedness is great. God is showing Zechariah that the Spirit has the power to remove sin.
This passage should be one that provides hope for us. As believers, we will still sin and make mistakes, but God has the power to remove that sin from our lives. The sins we struggle with do not have to control us. Instead, we should ask God to remove them and know that He has the power to do it.
“God our Savior showed us His kindness and love. He loved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:4-5
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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