The Potter and the Clay
ILLUS: When I was in high school, I took a two- semester course on pottery making. I learned how to prepare the clay, place it on the wheel and turn it into a vase, a plate, a bowel or a cup.
You begin by cutting the clay on a piano wire, removing all the air bubbles. Clay that still has air bubbles will explode when placed in the kiln.
It's rather amazing what you can do with a simple piece of clay, as you shape it with your fingers and your hands, turning it into something beautiful and useful. I made a vase that was so impressive to my instructor; he asked me if he could have it. I gave it to him, but now I regret that I didn't keep it. I don't have one piece I ever made.
INTRODUCTION: This morning, I would like to talk to you about the Master Potter, and how He is able to use a piece of clay, like us--molding it and shaping it, until He has in His hands a vessel fit for His use, something of significance.
Let me give you three points:
I. The Master Potter
II. The Unfinished Clay
III. The Finished Vessel
I. THE MASTER POTTER
Again, in our text, we read, "But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our Potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
A. His Relationship to the Clay
1. When God made Adam, the Bible says He made him from the dust the earth. The word Adam means dust or clay, an earthy or red color.
ILLUS: Close to my house, we have some old, red clay pits used by the early settlers in the area. Between the city of Ione and Highway 88, you can still see some of the bricks they used to make a wall. Apparently, this particular kind of clay was best for mortar and bricks.
I just returned from a speaking engagement in Tennessee on Tuesday, where I spoke at the International Board of Jewish Missions. Of course, the trip wouldn't have been complete without stopping by in Georgia to see the grandchildren. While there, Kitt ...
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