He Doesn't Throw the Clay Away by Robert Walker

He Doesn't Throw the Clay Away
Robert Walker
Jeremiah 18:4

INTRODUCTION

I guess the number one thing that characterizes the people of Jeremiah's day is they made light of spiritual things. The sin of the people of Jeremiah day was a habitual lifestyle that was both offensive and grievous to God.

They were saturated with iniquity and lived in idolatry. They needed forgiveness and cleansing. Jeremiah tried to encourage them by telling them that their sins could be cleansed. He reproved them, He rebuked them, and He was tenderhearted toward them. He wept tears because of their sinful condition.

Darkness and despair lay hold of him. The picture was dark but then God told him to go too the potter's house; let us go with him and see four things regarding the potter.

I.THE POTTER'S DISCONTENT
Here is another message to Jeremiah from the Lord:
Go down to the shop where clay pots and jars are made, and I will talk to you there. 3 I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar that he was forming didn't turn out as he wished, so he kneaded it into a lump and started again
The potter sat before two parallel stone wheels that were joined by a shaft. He turned the bottom wheel with his feet and worked the clay on the top wheel as the wheel turned.

As Jeremiah watched, he saw that the clay resisted the potter's hand so that the vessel was ruined, 3 but the potter patiently kneaded the clay and made another vessel.

Unlike the clay on the potter's wheel, however, we have the ability to resist. God uses many different hands to mold our lives--parents, siblings, teachers, ministers, authors--and we can fight against them. But if we do, we're fighting against God.

Charles E. Jefferson. "God reveals Himself in strange places and at unexpected seasons. For instance He once revealed Himself in a stable."

The vessel was made but then we see the vessel was marred. God has a perfect plan for each life. He has the power and ...


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