In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 14:20-21)
Today's Morsel: When we were missionaries in Okinawa, our church had a bell choir. The children in the Bell choir had different colored bells that they rang on cue during the song. Each bell rang out a specific note for the song. It was fun to watch the kids in anticipation, hoping not to ring their bell at the wrong time. I received a letter the other day from the Salvation Army, asking for churches in the community to be "Bell Ringers" during the Christmas season. I've always wanted to do this, and so I thought we would take them up on it - let the ringing and singing begin.
Here in Wisconsin, it's usually cold during December and at Christmas, and even the horses that will pull sleighs will have on them bells for warning as well as for decoration. Zechariah said that even the bells upon the horses where to be inscribed with the words "Holiness unto the Lord." We are called to be holy. The breastplate upon Aaron, the high priest, was to be inscribed with the words "Holiness unto the Lord," and the hem of his garments were to have bells in them. Everything that we have should be considered as holiness unto the Lord, and our lives should ring of His holiness within us.
Sing: Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way, O' what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh; Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way, O' what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. HEY!