Bible In One Year-Day 190 (Tuesday, July 09, 2013)
Commentary: Zech5-8. Zechariah saw three visions which were in parables, Zech5&6. In the first place, he did not understand either of them until the Angel of the Lord explained them to him. Dreams come in this manner. Lack of understanding of our dreams made a lot to lose the best of their lives and the knowledge of the will of God for their lives. In understanding our dreams we need the Holy Spirit for the interpretation. The first vision of Zechariah was about the flying scroll which contains two curses; one against the thief (Ex20:15) and the other against false swearing and using the name of God in vain (Ex20:7). These are terrible sins before the Lord. Stealing what belongs to others is like killing them, while using the name of God in vain is identifying God with Satan. The house where such violators live is not safe to live in, because the stones and the wood used in constructing it is cursed also. This could pose a problem to any tenant that eventually live in such a house.
Zechariah 5:4 “I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.”
The actions under these curses were violations of the Ten Commandments. Sin is an act of wickedness against the Lord.
The second vision has to do with the basket of sin in which wickedness is covered up and is personated as a woman sitting in the basket. The basket was carried back to Shinar (Babylonia), where it came from. When you become born again, the first evidence of it is that sin becomes alien in your land. The people thought they could fast and mourn to cover up their sinful acts, but God corrected them.
Zechariah 7:5 “Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?”
God’s preference is obedience to His word. Fasting does not change Him, but should break the bands of wickedness and the power of sin.
Zechariah 7:7 “Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?”
Obedience to the word of God brings Him into our words. Demons mock the disobedient Christians who pray in the name of Jesus. The delight of God is for us to have a wonderful relationship with human beings.
Zechariah 7:8-10 “And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.”
God’s rules concerning the relationship between one another have not changed. He gave us His Holy Spirit to accomplish all that was difficult for man to achieve through the flesh. All you need to do is to be submissive to His leading and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Zechariah9-11. Keep the fire burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries