Zechariah 5

Oh no, the flying scroll and the woman in the basket!

The Israelites have lived in exile in Babylon, against their will, but it has had an effect. These are two pictures of the purifying of Israel so they are God’s people again.

The scroll is the same size as the holy of holies in the temple, and it has sins against God on one side (swearing falsely against God), sin against each other (thievery) on the other. It roots out Israel’s sins.

Ditto the basket. Regrettably for modern day feminism, wicked was a feminine word in ancient Hebrew, and in this vision Israel’s wickedness is personified by a woman. The evil of Babylon is locked up in a basket and taken back to Babylon from whence it came.

Israel is purified and ready to be God’s people once again.

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