Zechariah 5:4 Thieves And False Swearing

The LORD Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.’ Zechariah 5:4

Zechariah had been given a vision by God of a large flying scroll. The scroll had a curse written on both sides of it. One was against all thieves and the other was against those who swore falsely by God’s name. It was to go into the houses of these people and remain there until the house was completely destroyed.

It is common for people to be upset about others who are thieves. Very few people have room for someone who is a thief. It is expected that thieves are to be punished.

While this is true, there are many people who are living as thieves. They may not be stealing physical things from other people, but they are stealing from God. He has given them blessings to be used for others and they use them for their own personal gain. They refuse to give generously in offerings and tithes. They steal time to spend with Him for their own personal entertainment.

The other curse was against those who swear falsely by God’s name. It is easy for a person to claim a belief in God, but it is another thing to live by His name. People claim to live for God, yet refuse to read His word, follow His commands, or be His witness. Others also claim things, as though they are true of God, that go against His word. When this happens, they are swearing falsely by His name.

As a believer, you need to continually examine your life, what you say or do. Are you stealing things from God? This could be done on purpose or by accident, but it is still stealing. How much time are you taking from God?

You claim to be a believer, then you must ask yourself if you are really living like a disciple of Jesus. Are you striving to be more like Jesus everyday? Or are you falsely swearing allegiance to God and living your own way?

Make God the center of your life. Live in every way possible for God, in everything you say and do. May God not be able to accuse you of being a thief or falsely swearing in His name.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you ways you may be stealing from Him; that God will show ways you may be falsely swearing in His name; and that you will be more like Jesus everyday.

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4 thoughts on “Zechariah 5:4 Thieves And False Swearing

  1. Re: Zechariah 5:3
    Dear Sir,
    I’m in a women’s Bible study. Could you give an example of “swearing falsely by His Name?” It will be very helpful to our discussion. The example will help as many think that this verse refers to using God’s name as a curse word. I think it’s telling us more than that.
    Thank you very much.

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    • Thank you for reading and the question. It is a good question. My thoughts on this are when a person promises or does something in the name of God, that is not in line with the word of God. Doing or saying something that goes against God’s word, yet, acting as though it is something that God approves. This I would call false swearing in His name. It is saying that God is saying it is acceptable and what He would say or do, when that is not the truth. I hope you can understand what I am saying. May God bless your Bible study.

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      • Thank you Sir, for your kind reply and excellent explanation.

        I pray that we will be more sensitive to what we think and say so as not to offend the beautiful Trinity Godhead.

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