“On that day even the harness bells of the horses will be inscribed with these words: Holy to the Lord. And the cooking pots in the Temple of the Lord will be as sacred as the basins used beside the altar. In fact, every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. All who come to worship will be free to use any of these pots to boil their sacrifices” (Zechariah 14:20-21, NLT).
The last chapter of the book of Zechariah closes with visions of both the salvation and judgment that occurs at the coming of God’s universal Kingdom–“the day of the Lord.”
These last verses of the chapter and the book describe the pervasiveness of God’s holiness in His Kingdom. So much so that even the inscription on the harness bells of horses and the cooking pots in the Temple will be holy.
On the day of the Lord, the words inscribed on the plate on the turban worn by the high priest will be inscribed on horse bells. On that day, the pots and pans used to boil the meat or collect the ashes of animals sacrificed at the altar will become as holy as the bowls used to catch the blood of the slaughtered animal.
But for common cooking pots to become holy and for horse bells to announce God’s holiness, they must come into contact with something holy!
Because God will dwell on the earth with His people on the day of the Lord, His holiness will transform even ordinary utensils into sacred vessels.
God’s presence makes the profane sacred, the ordinary extraordinary! God’s presence sanctifies what is common and makes it special!
Please Lord, make me a holy cooking pot!
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NLT).