Holiness Unto the Lord (Zechariah 14:20–21, NKJV)

Zechariah 14:20–21 (NKJV)

20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

The Bells of the Horses

20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses.

Warfare and Political Power are bound up in the image of the horse.
This passage seem to signify that even those things used for aggression and dominance will be made holy

The mundane, the harsh, the opposite of what is considered holy now will be made holy then.
This does not mean that what is now profane will be considered holy in the day of the Lord. Instead, it will be transformed to become holy in the presence of the Lord.

Application #1

Even the secular or profane can come into the kingdom of God, like when an unbeliever accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Even the systems of men will one day come under the rule of God and be made holy.

The Pots

The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them.

Even the most base pot used for less-than-ceremonial purposes (ashes, refuse) will be equal in sacred value to God. In that day, even the common pots will be as important as the bowls before the altar.

The pots will not just continue to hold ashes or waste, but will be transformed into a vessel of honor for God’s worship.

Application #2

You need not be ashamed of what you do for the Lord, whether custodian or preacher.
All that is done for the kingdom of God is valuable and worthy. So hold your head high and do all that you do for the Lord with excellence and care.

No More Canaanites

In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

This passage indicates that the distinction between Israelites and Canaanites will no longer exist. What does this mean exactly?

One of two things would bring about the end of Canaanites.
Either the Israelites would have driven them out completely, as they were commanded to do, or
They would have come into the kingdom as part of God’s redemptive work.

Application #3

It is incumbent upon the believer to drive all evil influence out of his or her life. Do not fellowship with the wicked.
It is also imperative that believers tear down the barriers to sinners becoming Christians

Takeaway Thoughts

The secular may be brought into subjection to the spiritual
The mundane are as valuable as the spectacular
The Gentile can be brought into fellowship with the House of the Lord

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