The Removal Of Sin

Zechariah 5:5-11 (NIV)

5 Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what is appearing.”

I asked, “What is it?”

He replied, “It is a basket.” And he added, “This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.”

Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! He said, “This is wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it.

Then I looked up—and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.

10 “Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel who was speaking to me.

11 He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.”

In Zechariah’s seventh vision, he sees a woman in a basket.  This woman represents the sin and wickedness of God’s people.  The Hebrew word for wickedness here does not indicate a particular kind of sin, but rather, sin in all of its forms.  This basket is being carried away by two women who had wings like a stork.  According to one commentator, one of the interesting features of the Hebrew word for stork is that it has the same root word as the word for “steadfast love.”  These two women were carrying the sin and wickedness of God’s people far away.
God was showing Zechariah how He was going to deal with the sin of His people.  By His grace, He would forgive their sin and wickedness and remove it far from them.  This is how God wants to deal with sin.  He does not delight in punishment.  Rather, God wants to forgive sin by His grace.  He has, from the very beginning, showed grace to people.  He did not destroy Adam and Eve, but rather He allowed them to live.  He did not completely wipe out humanity in the days of Noah, but instead He preserved a remnant.  He allowed His people to make sacrifices for forgiveness in the Old Testament.  Even when He punished them for their wickedness, He promised to bring a remnant back to the land of Israel.  Of course, in His ultimate saving act, God put on human flesh and offered Himself as the perfect human sacrifice on a hill far away.  God has been reaching out in grace since the very beginning and He continues to do so today.  He does not, as the Bible says, treat us as our sins deserve.  God is a forgiver because He is a God of grace.  He still forgives and removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west by His grace.
PRAYER: Thank You, Father God, for Your forgiveness and grace.  Thank You for forgiving my sin and removing it from me as far as the east is from the west.  Help me to not take advantage of Your grace today.  Thank You for Jesus.  In His name, amen.

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