Imagine seeing a large billboard, pulled by an airplane, advertising some suntan lotion or a local pizza joint. The banner would be flapping in the wind with the plane laboring to drag it along against some rather strong head winds. Not so strange at the beach community we have vacationed at for many, many years now.
Imagine that banner floating in your house with a message that’s not very positive at all! It spells doom and gloom, and not far off. In Zechariah 5 the prophet has a vision of a flying scroll. It is 30 feet by 15 feet with writing on both sides. Reminiscent of the law given to Moses, written on both sides of two clay tablets. Why two? Agreements were spelled out on two tablets, with both sides having the same content. One was given to each of the parties involved. A mutual agreement called a covenant. This flying scroll highlights two of the 10 Commandments.
The Word of God symbolically enters someone’s house. Someone who steals, someone who is a liar. These were secret sins of the homeowner. Kept within their own four walls. Maybe no one knew. But God knew. He always knows. The scroll lets everyone know that this house is under divine quarantine. A plague on this house.
Then something totally unexpected happens. The homeowner never repents. Never turns to the Lord in sorrow. What then? The house is consumed by the flying scroll, ‘both timber and stones’ (Zechariah 5:4). The scroll eats this house and destroys it. Even the stones upon which it is built. The point being? Only that which God builds, lasts.
What builds and what lasts in our lives? God’s Word. The Bible will establish God’s plan for our lives. Turn to the book of Nehemiah. The walls of Jerusalem have been rebuilt. How do God’s people respond? They tell “Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel…And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people…and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’…”(Nehemiah 8:1, 5-6).
Their response? They want to hear from God. They don’t scorn God’s Word, they cherish it. They stand in respect to God and His holy Word. It’s powerful, like a two-edged sword. Two sides–like being fed by it or consumed by it. The Lord Jesus will come into your inner ‘house’. Invite Him to open up what needs changing in your life. Open doors to Him. Windows, also. Cupboards and closets, nooks and crannies. And enjoy the fresh air of the Holy Spirit! What a banner day that will be!
Prayer: Lord, we bow before you and your Word. Help us to read it and heed it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.