Lessons from a Piece of Clay by Donald Cantrell

Lessons from a Piece of Clay
Donald Cantrell
Jeremiah 18:1-6

I - The Potter Searching and Securing the Clay
II - The Potter Sifting and Shaking the Clay
III - The Potter Shaping and Structuring the Clay
IV - The Potter Setting and Sealing the Clay

Learning insight from the potter and his clay

Introduction:

From God’s Hands

It is not you who shapes God;
it is God that shapes you.

If then you are the work of God,
await the hand of the Artist
who does all things in due season.

Offer the Potter your heart,
soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which
the Artist has fashioned you.

Let your clay be moist,
lest you grow hard and lose
the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.
Written by Irenaues from the 2nd Century

The bible offers us much insight concerning a potter and his clay. The bible literally opens up with God speaking the world into existence, but he then does something so strange and so unique; he places his own personal touch upon mankind. He spoke and the stars appeared, he spoke and the oceans were set within their boundaries, he spoke and every mountain was placed within its range, but he did not do this when he made man; he personally crafted man. God placed Adam upon the potters wheel an intricately and uniquely designed him.

There was a little boy down by the creek playing and he decided to make him a man out of mud. The boy was doing a pretty good job and then his mother called for him to come home. The little boy asked his mom to allow him to finish the mud man, but to no avail; at her bidding he had to leave the mud man. The little boy look at the mud man and all he liked to complete the task was one more arm; the boy looked at his piece of work and told him not to leave; that he would finish as soon as he returned. Upon arriving in town and walking from store to store the young boy saw something that stopped him in his tracks; there walking down the street was a one armed man. The boy approached him and s ...


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