My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Holiness Unto the Lord
And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.
(Zechariah 14:9 NASB)
In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD.” And the cooking pots in the LORD’S house will be like the bowls before the altar.
(Zechariah 14:20 NASB)
Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD
of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in
them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts in that day.
(Zechariah 14:21 NASB)
This passage of scripture is the place where we find the old King
James Version using the phrase "Holiness Unto the Lord." This is what
was to be written or inscribed on the bells of the horses. What was the
significance of this event? Zechariah is prophesying about a major
change which will occur in the days ahead. In the past only the High
Priests were the ones who were holy enough to enter into the Holy of
Holies and meet personally with God. To infer that the bells on the
horses -- on an animal could have anything to do with holiness might
have almost sounded absurd, but the key to this is in verse 9 where we
see that Zechariah is seeing a day in which God will be the Lord and
king over the entire earth. Everything within the structures of the
past will change.
This change came about through the work of Jesus Christ and the
sending of the Holy Spirit. Holiness moved out of the confines of the
Temple and was now available to all of those who would be filled with
the Holy Spirit. The Canaanite -- representing the one who could make
things unclean, would no longer be able to make things unclean!
Holiness was now to be about the presence of the Holy Spirit and not
about a list of clean and unclean items. The power of God's holiness is
so great that even the ordinary things of life could become holy. The
bells of the horses rang as they walked or trotted down the street
ringing out the good news that everything could now be "Holy to the
Lord!" Even the cooking pots -- the things that represented the most
ordinary work of life could be made holy and the very act of eating,
when done by the sanctified individual becomes an act of worship to God.
Sunday evening I preached a message in a small Nazarene church in
East Palestine, Ohio. This church was founded in 1908 and I was told
she is the oldest Church of the Nazarene east of the Mississippi river.
Just above the place where I was preaching there hung a sign which
read, "Holiness Unto the Lord." When that church was founded a little
over 100 years ago I would guess that this was the war-cry of the
congregation. Those old-time holiness people really believed that the
power of the Holy Spirit was transformational and could reach out to the
most dirty down and out sinner and transform them into holy individuals
in service to God. They believed it so much so that they made signs
and plaques and sewed banners which read "Holiness Unto the Lord" and
hung them around their church buildings, and even wore and carried them
The reality is that we are living in the day about which Zechariah
prophesied. We are living in a time when even the most ordinary can be
made holy, because the Holy Spirit is here living among us. Many of our
churches have removed those old signs that read "Holiness Unto the
Lord" thinking that the phrase is rather old fashioned sounding and not
relevant today. Or maybe we've simply forgotten what that sign really
stood for and the incredible message borne therein! "Holiness unto the
Lord" is the most hopeful message we can share in the world today -- the
message that God is here on earth and can take very ordinary
individuals, clean them up, transform them and turn them into holy
vessels for his use. Let us consecrate every aspect of our lives to him
and to his use -- even the cooking pots -- and allow him to make us
"Holy to the Lord."
Lord, my desires is for you to fill me on a daily basis until every
part of me is made holy by you. Please, help me to lives this way on a
daily basis. Amen.