In that day shall there be on the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD…
The prophets and apostles often speak of a glorious day, which is to dawn upon the Church in the latter ages of the world. Respecting this glorious day two things are predicted in the chapter before us. The true religion shall then universally prevail. Christians shall make much greater attainments in religion, and its sanctifying influence shall pervade all the common concerns and employments of life.
1. These expressions of the text imply that, when the day here predicted arrives, all the common business, employments, and actions of men shall be performed with as much seriousness and devoutness, as the most pious Christians now feel when engaged in the most solemn duties of religion. The meaning of the prediction evidently is that, while persons are engaged in all the common business and concerns of life, whether at home or abroad, whether in the house or by the way, they shall feel as serious, as devout, as much engaged in the service of God, as did the Jewish high priest, when he wore that sacred inscription upon his forehead.
2. In that day, every house, every shop, and the whole world itself, will be a house of God, a temple consecrated to His praise. A temple is a place consecrated and devoted to God for religious purposes. But in that day every house will be such a place.
3. Every day will then be like a Sabbath.
4. Every common meal will be what the Lord's Supper is now.
5. When this day arrives, there will be no insincere worshippers found in God's house, no hypocritical professors in His Church.Application. Learn —
1. Our great and innumerable deficiencies.
2. Whether we have any religion or not.
3. What pleasures, pursuits, and employments are really lawful and pleasing to God.
(E. Payson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.