The book of Zechariah, one of the “minor prophets”, contains many puzzling visions and predictions of the then-coming (and now coming-again) Messiah, Jesus. Zechariah prophesied after the Babylonian exile and God’s purpose through him was to give hope to His people in the form of a glorious future under a perfect King. The book ends with these verses:
“And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, ‘Holy to the LORD.’ And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar. And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.” – Zechariah 14:20-21
While this seems a very strange ending for a book about Jesus, Zechariah’s words give us an amazing expectation of what Paradise will be like. The phrase “Holy to the LORD” references Exodus 28:36-38, where the words were inscribed on the high priest’s turban. The idea is that only very rarely are items recognized as set aside for only Godly use. However, Zechariah is telling us that this was only the beginning. When the King comes again in glory, He will establish a kingdom where even the most mundane household items will put to perfect use. There is nothing He does not care about.
And this concept is not just about bells and pots. While the Old Testament high priest was a sign of the way back to God, eventually the way encompasses every aspect of us. Zechariah promises us that every bit of our lives, even those we may give no thought to – our proverbial bells and pots – are to be perfected in glory. By caring about even these common items, God is telling us He leaves nothing undone. Nothing will be left in us that is set apart for other “gods.”
In Paradise we will be perfected, fully set apart for His glory, and His work in us has already begun. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6