The Woman In A Basket and the Four Chariots (Zechariah 5:5 – 6:8)

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Zechariah 5:5 – 6:8

1. As a child, how did you picture Satan? How do you envision him now? Why the change?

2. From your family background, what images does “horse” bring to mind? Horse and buggy days? Equestrian events? Betting on races? Merry-go-round? Cowboy westerns on TV? Mr. Ed, the talking horse?

3. How big must this “measuring basket” have been (chapter 5:6)?

4. Whose “wickedness” did the woman represent? People? Government? Priests? Satan?

5. Who removed it from the land? Why take it to Babylonia (see Revelation chapters 17 and 18)? What does all this mean?

6. How does Zechariah’s eight and last vision (chapter 6:1 – 8) compare with chapter 1:7 – 17? With Revelation 6:1 – 8?

7. What mission are these four chariots on?

8. What does this vision say about judgment? About God’s rest?

9. Where does evil rear its ugly head today? In what disguises? Places?

10. Is the lid on evil open or shut in your life?

11. What do horses have to do with judgment? What vehicle of judgment does God use in your life?

12. When have you known God’s “rest” (verse 8)?

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The Flying Scroll (Zechariah 5:1 – 4)

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Zechariah 5:1 – 4

1. Concerning discipline, did your parents ever tell you (or did you ever tell your children), “some day you will thank me for this”? What for?

2. What message does the unfurled scroll bring? Why is it so big?

3. Who is this curse meant for (verse 3; see Exodus 20:7, 15; Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10)?

4. How effective will the curse or warning be?

5. Do you think God’s warnings are as severe today? Or does God judge on a sliding scale?

6. How does God bring warning into your life? Does He have to put it on a billboard to catch your attention? How sensitive are you to God’s promptings?

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The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees (Zechariah 4)

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Zechariah 4

1. What are you like when just awakened?

2. What one project at home or work do you most want to complete?

3. What do you think each object in Zechariah’s vision represent: gold lampstand? bowl of oil? channels? two olive trees (verses 3 and 14; see Revelation 11:4)?  The sevens? Mountain? Capstone? Plumb line?

4. Is this vision meant to encourage or warn the people? How so?

5. What will it take for Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple (verses 6 and 7)? At the time, what stood in his way (verse 10; see Ezra 4:1 – 5:24; Haggai 1:14; Haggai 2:1 – 5)?

6. How will Zerubbabel and Joshua utilize God’s resources?

7. How does God’s glory and blessing come into your life? Does it come more in day-to-day work (Zerubbabel) or in worship (Joshua)?

8. Into whose life will you carry blessing and renewal?

9. When told your smarts and strength alone will not get you through life or glorify God (verse 6), how do you respond? How does your life compare to the Master Builder’s plumb line? What will you do today to bring your life back into line?

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