READ : Zechariah 14:20-21
“The cooking pots in the house of the Lord shall be as holy as the bowls.” (v. 20)
What a way to conclude this book of prophecy! Zechariah has given us lofty visions, stirring promises, fearsome warnings. Now his climax, his closing chapter, his final word, is all about cooking pots and horse bells!
The Old Testament operates with three moral categories: the holy, the clean, and the unclean. The holy meant “limited access”: Moses’ bush and the inner room of the Jerusalem temple are notable examples. The clean required diligent attention to meticulous laws. Eventually those laws became dysfunctional, so that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for excessive attention to them. The unclean category was wide open: most people and many things fell into it at one time or another.
But here’s Zechariah’s grand prediction: some day there will be just one category: the holy. God makes all things new; common stuff becomes holy, outsiders are included. Our story is complete. This world belongs to God at last. Everyday things are sacred in the new creation. The simplest communication technology (horse bells) and the most ordinary implements (cooking pots) are now “holy to the Lord.” The foreigner is no longer shunned.
God is sovereign, and everything at the periphery is now brought close to the center, sanctified, its true value revealed. The world is the way it should be, at last.
Looking toward that day, Lord, I live in hope.