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The Potter And The Clay

" 'O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?' declares the Lord. Like the clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel" (Jer.18:6).

Jeremiah is sent to a Potter's house (18:1-6) for God to teach him a lesson for the people. Jeremiah sees the potter working the clay on the wheel. The clay doesn't turn into what it supposed to, so the potter takes that disfigured thing and "reworks it." He shapes it until it becomes a vessel that he likes. God then tells Jeremiah that He (God) is the potter and Israel is the clay. Even though Jesus does not use the illustration of the potter in His teachings, it is still a good illustration... It shows us at least two demands of discipleship. They are the need to deny oneself, and to follow the teachings of Christ. "But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands;" (V4) This verse tells us the fault was in the clay, and not the potter's skill... As our creator and Lord, God is in charge of the molding process when we become one of His disciples. He, and He alone, has the power over us, the clay... "But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? 'Shall what is formed say to Him that formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" (Rom.9:20-21). These verses tell us about God's place and ours...This week we will use the "potter and clay" metaphor to understand a bit more about our discipleship.

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11br>

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