“Go to the Potter’s House”
Pastor David Moore
New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
Theme: God gives an idea to Jeremiah about a potter molding clay. The potter has the power to reshape His creation with His hands. This parable is analogous to God in the need to reshape Israel, because of their unwillingness to listen and follow Him.
I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. ~Everett Dirksen
Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 18:1-12
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hands of the potter, so you are in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or a kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
“Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”
You are born beautiful and useful, you are a work of God from His hands. God continues to form and reform us into His image, molding us and shaping us, only if we are willing to bend from our ways. ~D. Moore
These days, I do not think God is angry at us, He is angry that the covenant was broken. Today, we are not in a covenant of behavior, but rather a covenant made and sealed by Jesus blood on the Cross. ~D. Moore
Isaiah 64:8: Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.
You are not a random set of genes cobbled together by the universe, but you were created by God, the God who knows you and loves you. He is in the process of shaping you into who you are becoming, no matter where you are in life—no matter how old, how accomplished, how educated—there is still more to learn and grow. Our journey is still unfolding with God. ~D. Moore
Allow God’s gentle hands to keep molding and shaping you.
God bless, have a good week!