THE FLYING SCROLL THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Zechariah reported seeing an enormous flying scroll, corresponding to a modern book, hovering above the Jerusalem skyline. The date was February 15, 520 BC. The gigantic scroll measured 30' in length and 15' in girth. Like a jet-propelled billboard, it traversed the sky unfurled for all to read the large-print message written on the scroll page (5:1-2).
The flying scroll of Zechariah broadcast far and wide “the curse that goes out over the whole face of the land” (5:3) The terrifying image of a large flying scroll entering a house to “remain in his house and consume it, both timber and stones” (5:4) would be unsettling to the community of faith who had survived the Babylonian captivity and returned to Jerusalem.
Why did God give to Zechariah the vision of the flying scroll that flew over Jerusalem? What did it mean to those returning from the Babylonian Captivity in 520 BC and what might it be mean to us today in 2018 AD?