Zechariah Chapter 5

Vision 6 - 5:1-4 - Flying Scroll

Zechariah 5:1-2 Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and there was a flying roll. And he said to me, What do you see? And I answered, I see a flying roll; its length is twenty cubits, and its width is ten cubits.

The scroll is quite large. It is the same size as the Holy Place in the Tabernacle. During Biblical times the Word of G-d was written on scrolls. The Word is G-d-breathed.

We are on Chapter Five. To better understand the letter Hay I refer to J.R and Gary Stearman in “The Mystery of the Menorah and the Hebrew Alphabet. “Hay” also help represents Deuteronomy the fifth book.

“The corresponding Hebrew letter is Hay, which is breath, or Spirit of G-d. It is also symbolic of the divine name of G-d and His creation. As such, it invokes interpretations of His creative power, grace and redemptive promise. The Hebrew word teshuvah, meaning repentance,” can be separated into two parts: teshuv (return to) followed by the letter Hay. Using this analysis, the rabbis say the word becomes “return to G-d.” Rabbi Munk writes:

“The Passover Haggadah [story] speaks of two new songs of rejoicing, one in the feminine form [shirah chadashah] and one in the masculine [shir chadash] We introduce Hallel, the psalms of praise for the Exodus, by calling it shirah chadashah, a new song, spelled with the feminine suffix hay. The song of the Messianic Day, however, is described as shir chadash, in the masculine form. Before Hallel, when we are about to thank G-d for redeeming us from the Egyptian bondage, we use the feminine form to suggest that the redemption was incomplete, so it was followed by other exiles and sufferings, each more painful than the preceding one. This as yet unended chain of national suffering is similar to labor pangs which ease up for a short period only to be followed by more severe pain. Indeed the tribulations of Israel are called the birth-pangs of the Messiah.”

“This commentary on “Hay bears a startling similarity to the culmination of the Torah that is found at the conclusion of Deut. It is the “Song of Moshe,” found in the 32nd chapter. Moses song addresses the central subject of Israel’s tribulation. In fact, if there is any song that should remind Israel of the redemption from Egyptian bondage, it is the Song of Moshe.

“This is the song of Israel’s redemption from seemingly overwhelming enemy forces. In it, G-d is called the “Rock of his [Israel’s] salvation” (Deut. 32:15) But the song also tells the sad tale of Israel’s infidelity. “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten G-d that formed them” (v. 18). The overall pattern of Moses’ song prophesizes Israel’s apostasy, followed by G-d’s judgment of His people and their ultimate return to Him. It’s main theme is the L-rd’s deliverance of His people - first from Egypt, then in the far future during the judgments of the Tribulation. (v 43) Overall, Deut. is a detailed account of Israel’s final teshuvah (return to G-d).

Five is also the number of grace. G-d will complete His plan regardless of man’s insufficiency.(The Mystery of the Menorah…and the Hebrew Alphabet by J.R. Church & Gary Stearman Prophecy Publications, Co. 1993. pg 182,183)

This chapter seems to have the familiar pattern:

The scroll pictured here represents the divine standard by which mankind is to be measured.

We are measured against the Word of G-d and against the sacrificial system of the tabernacle.

Zechariah 5:3 Then said he to me, This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to the writing on the other side.

The scroll going out over the earth symbolizes G-d’s judgment upon the land. Man had broken his entire moral law. Two sins are mentioned here. They are representative of all the other laws. The sin of swearing, this represents sins against G-d. The sin of stealing, this represents sins against our fellow man.

Zechariah 5:4 "I will make it go forth," declares the L-RD of hosts, "and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones."

There is no escape from the judgment of G-d. His word will enter the place of sinners and remain there until it has accomplished its purpose.

Isaiah 55:10-11 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.