Zechariah 5* The vision of a flying roll. (1-4) The vision of a woman andan ephah. (5-11)1-4 The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are rolls, inwhich God has written the great things of his law and gospel;they are flying rolls. God's word runs very swiftly, #Ps147:15|. This flying roll contains a declaration of therighteous wrath of God against sinners. Oh that we saw with aneye of faith the flying roll of God's curse hanging over theguilty world as a thick cloud, not only keeping off the sunbeamsof God's favour, but big with thunders, lightnings, and storms,ready to destroy them! How welcome then would the tidings of aSaviour be, who came to redeem us from the curse of the law,being himself made a curse for us! Sin is the ruin of houses andfamilies; especially the doing hurt to others and false witness.Who knows the power of God's anger? God's curse cannot be keptout by bars or locks. While one part of the curse of God ruinsthe substance of the sinner, another part will rest on the soul,and sink it to everlasting punishment. All are transgressors ofthe law, so we cannot escape this wrath of God, except we fleefor refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us in the gospel. 5-11 In this vision the prophet sees an ephah, something in theshape of a corn measure. This betokened the Jewish nation. Theyare filling the measure of their iniquity; and when it is full,they shall be delivered into the hands of those to whom God soldthem for their sins. The woman sitting in the midst of the ephahrepresents the sinful church and nation of the Jews, in theirlatter and corrupt age. Guilt is upon the sinner as a weight oflead, to sink him to the lowest hell. This seems to mean thecondemnation of the Jews, after they filled the measure of theiriniquities by crucifying Christ and rejecting his gospel.Zechariah sees the ephah, with the woman thus pressed in it,carried away to some far country. This intimates that the Jewsshould be hurried out of their own land, and forced to dwell infar countries, as they had been in Babylon. There the ephahshall be firmly placed, and their sufferings shall continue farlonger than in their late captivity. Blindness is happened untoIsrael, and they are settled upon their own unbelief. Letsinners fear to treasure up wrath against the day of wrath; forthe more they multiply crimes, the faster the measure fills.
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