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LESSON 6 - JUDGMENT AND VINDICATION (ZECHARIAH 5:1--6:8)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE LAST THREE OF ZECHARIAH'S
VISIONS. THIS IS FLYING WEEK: WE LOOK AT A FLYING BOOK, FLYING BASKET
(WITH WOMAN) AND FLYING HORSES AND CHARIOTS. LETS FLY RIGHT INTO IT.

I. FLYING BOOK
     A. READ ZECHARIAH 5:1-2.  WHAT IS A SCROLL, AND WHY IS IT FLYING? (FOR
YOU WITH THE KJV WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FLYING DANISH)
     B. ISN'T THIS A BIT LARGE? (30X15)
          1. ANYONE WANT TO TAKE A SHOT AT WHY IT IS SO BIG? (SO CAN READ
IT)
     C. READ ZECHARIAH 5:3-4. DO WE KNOW WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK?
(CURSE)
     D. SO WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A BOOK, A BIG BOOK, FLYING THROUGH THE
AIR. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
          1. IS IT SOMETHING EVERYONE WILL KNOW ABOUT? (YES. BECAUSE IT
IS FLYING AND BECAUSE YOU CAN READ IT.)
          2. IT SEEMS TO SAY THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO KNOW THEIR OWN
SIN OR KNOW ABOUT THE SIN PROBLEM.
     E. WHAT ARE THE SINS THAT ARE MENTIONED? (STEALING AND FALSE
SWEARING)
          1. WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT THOSE TWO WOULD BE MENTIONED
OF ALL THE SINS POSSIBLE? (STEALING IS A SIN AGAINST MAN.  FALSE SWEARING
IS A SIN AGAINST GOD.  IN FACT IF YOU LOOK AT MATT.5:33-37 THE PICTURE IS
THAT THE PEOPLE WERE SWEARING IN KEEPING PROMISES TO GOD.)
     F. WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE UNDER THE CURSE?
          1. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THE PERSONS HOUSE GETS
DESTROYED? (I THINK THAT IT IS TALKING ABOUT THE PERSON.  THE REST IS ALL
SYMBOLIC, SO WHY SHOULD THE HOUSE BE REAL?  SIN DESTROYS YOU. IT ROTS
YOUR TIMBERS AND RUINS YOUR FOUNDATION.)
     G. LETS PUT THES LAST THREE VISIONS TOGETHER: THE VISION OF THE ROBE
AND THE HIGH PRIEST SAYS? (PUT ON THE ROBE, KEEP THE COMMANDS AND YOU
WILL BE SAVED.)  THE VISION OF THE LAMPSTAND AND THE GOVERNOR? (THE
HOLY SPIRIT WILL HELP YOU TO DO ALL THINGS AND GIVE YOU POWER.)  AND
THEN THE FLYING BOOK SAYS THAT IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE FIRST TWO YOU
WILL BE DESTROYED.)

II. THE FLYING BASKET (WITH WOMAN)
     A. READ 5:5-11.
     B.  WE HAVE A WOMAN IN A FLYING BASKET.
          1. WHAT DOES THE WOMAN REPRESENT? (WICKEDNESS)
          2. BRENDA, WHY IS IT THAT A WOMAN IS USED TO REPRESENT
WICKEDNESS? (INTERESTING POINT FROM A CHAUVINISTIC TIME.  THE HEBREW
WOD FOR "WICKEDNESS" IS FEMININE IN GENDER.)
     C. WHY IS THE LID TO THE BASKET LEAD? (TO KEEP WHAT IS IN, IN THERE)
     D. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE SOME ROUGH TREATMENT HERE. WHY IS THE
WOMAN PUSHED DOWN IN THE BASKET? (GOD WANTS TO KEEP SIN FROM
SPREADING)
     E. WHO ARE THE WOMEN WHO CARRY THE BASKET THROUGH THE AIR?
(THEY ARE AGENTS OF GOD.)
          1. DOES MANKIND HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS? (NOT IN THIS
VISION)
     F. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS SYMBOLIZED BY THE BASKET GOING THROUGH
THE AIR? (GOD IS QUARANTINING SIN IN A VERY PUBLIC WAY)
     G. WHY IS THE BASKET FLYING BACK TO "SHINAR" (BABYLON)? (SHINAR WAS
THE POWER BUILT BY NIMROD. GOD WANTS HIS LAND AND HIS PEOPLE TO BE
PURE. THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THEIR OWN STRENGTH AND NOT GOD WILL BE
SEPARATED FROM THE RIGHTEOUS.)

III.CHARIOTS
     A. READ 6:1-8
     B. OUR LESSON DRAWS PARALLELS TO REV. 6, BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT
THERE IS A STRONG PARALLEL TO ZECHARIAH 1:7- THE MAN AMOUNG THE MYRTLE
TREES.
     C. WHAT DID THE HORSES REPRESENT IN ZECHARIAH 1 AND WHAT DO YOU
THINK THAT THEY REPRESENT HERE? (GOD'S MESSENGERS.  HIS ANGELS)
     D. V. 7 SAYS THEY ARE POWERFUL AND THEY ARE STRAINING.  WHAT DO
YOU THINK THAT MEANS? (THEY WANT TO GO)
     E. IF THESE HORSES ARE ANGELS, WHAT COULD BE THE CHARIOTS THAT
THEY PULL? (EVENTS?)
     F. WE DON'T HAVE VERY MANY CLUES AS TO WHAT IS MEANT HERE.  IF WE
CONSIDER THE WHOLE SERIES OF VISIONS, WHAT WOULD YOU GUESS THAT THESE
MESSENGERS WANT TO DO? (GO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH TO MAKE EVENTS
HAPPEN TO HELP GODS PEOPLE.)
     G. VERSE 8 SEEMS TO SAY THAT THE HORSES GOING NORTH DID SOME GOOD.
WHAT WAS NORTH OF ISREAL? (BABYLON AND ALSO PERSIA)
          1. RECALL ANYTHING GOOD HAPPENING FROM THE NORTH? (AT THE
BEGINNING OF ZECHARIAH WE FIND THAT DARIUS CONTINUES THE FUNDING OF
THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE)
     H. THE PICTURE THAT I GET IS THAT THE LORD WANTS TO SUPPRESS EVIL,
ESP. AMONG HIS PEOPLE.  AND THAT HE WANTS TO SPREAD THE GOOD WORK OF
HIS PEOPLE, AND SHAPE EVENTS TO HELP THEM.

IV. NEXT WEEK: WE ARE LEADING UP TO THE CORONATION OF CHRIST. STUDY
YOUR LESSON.