But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. - Jeremiah 18:4 (NASB)
DADS…so many versions all meaning the same thing:
- "so the potter formed it into another pot"(NIV);
- "so he made it again" (KJV);
- "so he made it into another jar" (HCSB);
- "and he reworked it into another vessel" (ESV);
- "so he made it again into another vessel" (NKJV),
but I think my favorite version is…
- "so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over." (NLT)
Maybe I favor this version because it reminds me of God’s mighty sovereignty
and His almighty power to wipe it all clean, while creating a new masterpiece from nothing.
Even a sinner like me!
I love this parable of the potter found in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah says, “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make” Jeremiah 18:3-4.
Then Jeremiah went on to quote God as saying, “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand” Jeremiah 18:6.
DADs, here is a vivid picture of life painted by the Prophet Jeremiah. He portrays God as the divine potter and man as the clay that the Master Artist seeks to make into a vessel of usefulness.
But in the process, the vessel becomes marred, a flaw appears in the work and the skilled Craftsman of life refashions it to His own liking.
DADs, we can identify three points standing out boldly in the parable of the potter: we were made; we became marred, and we are remade again.
Notice that the Book of Jeremiah doesn’t say the Potter mended the vessel; it says, “He made it again into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make.”
The great preacher Billy Graham, once shared, “every day a million scenes like the one in Eden are reenacted. Men trade their divine rights for a pittance of pleasure, their favor with God for the tawdry things of this world. Each day a thousand sons of Adam slip away into the shadows of their spiritual Eden."
But now as then, God in His patience and tenderness seeks to restore and redeem His marred vessels.
Through Christ, a way has been opened to God, but now as then, we must approach Him in the manner which He has prescribed, and not our own.
DADs, in Christ, we are crushed into a lump of clay and reMade into a NEW Vessel!
To God be the glory!
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