Zechariah 5:5 & 6
Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me,' Look up and see what this is that is appearing.' I asked, 'What is it?' He replied, 'It is a measuring basket.' And he added, 'This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.'
Zechariah's ninth vision rapidly follows the eighth and this time it is of a measuring basket or ephah. This basket was used in commerce to weigh stuff for sale and tells of the fact that God's people had turned away because of their love of money. This also speaks of the commandment to not covet your neighbor's possessions. The thing about loving money is that, just like drugs or alcohol, you never have enough. God's people had learned the ways of commerce from Babylon while they were captives there and they had embraced it. Today, this is more relevant than ever before as it seems that the world worships "free markets" and "global trade". Greed has caused some of the greatest damage to people's lives and even made many groups of believers turn their back on the widows and the poor. It is going to get even worse, as we see in Revelation 13, and this love will even cause men to follow the beast.