What city earned the name “Porkopolis”?
To celebrate this city’s bicentennial in 1988, an artist designed a sculpture of flying pigs on top of smokestacks signifying the many hams who gave their lives in this pork packing metropolis. It is in Cincinnati, Ohio where you will find many flying pigs. They even host the yearly Flying Pig Marathon!
When pigs fly may indicate how unlikely it is for something to ever happen, but when scrolls fly, it’s the opposite story. The prophet exclaimed, “I see a flying roll” (Zechariah 5:2). This massive scroll hovers and has writing on both sides of the parchment. One side deals with the sins against mankind represented by the one that steals. The other side deals with sins against God represented by the one that uses God’s name in vain. Everyone who breaks the law will receive a curse (“cut off”) and it will essentially wipe them off the earth. Sounds serious, right? This hovering scroll has the indelible word of God and the investigative liberty to make manifest what is in every person’s heart.
Jehoram’s life illustrates such a curse. He “walked in the way of the kings of Israel…for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife” (2 Chronicles 21:6). He received a note from the famous prophet, Elijah, “Because thou…hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel…thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day” (2 Chronicles 21:12-15). When Jehoram did die two years later, “His people made no burning for him…and he departed without being desired” (2 Chronicles 21:19-20).
In Revelation 9, the terror upon those who reject God is palpable. You can smell the smoke from the bottomless pit, feel the sting of the locust, and sense the fear pulsing through their bodies. This is what happens to those who break the law of God. Is there any hope?
In John 8, a woman, who broke the law of God, was thrown at Jesus’ feet. Jesus diffuses the situation with grace and admonishes the woman “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). There is hope and it’s found in the grace of God. Jesus taught, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:31-32, 51). While the threat of a curse is serious, we do see grace extended to those who choose to obey the word of God.
When scrolls fly, you know it’s a serious matter, but when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, He will give grace in our time of need.