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Sermon:
HE IS THE POTTER, WE ARE THE CLAY 7-5-08
Jeremiah 18:1-6
Today I want to talk just for a little while on the fact that God is the Potter and we are the clay, some times He has to break our worldly vessels and make us over again. And Iím glad its that way arenít you?, Iím glad that when He saves us He donít just lay us aside and say well, ďTHEREíS ANOTHER ONE THATíS MINEĒ no, He starts right away working on us to make us better for His use & glory. Iím afraid though that like Israel many of Gods children today find them selves all involved with the things of this world. Idolizing many things.
God took clay and formed man, the physical part of man. Gen. 2:7 ďAnd the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soulĒ God was the Potter.
Let me say that the potter has absolute control over the clay; the clay will yield to the potters every demand, because the clay is lifeless and helpless in His Hands. The potter is absolute. That is, he has power over the clay and that power is unlimited. No clay can stop the potter, nor can it question his right. No clay can resist his will, nor alter his plans. The clay cannot speak back to the potter.
ďHath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto di)shonour?Ē Rom. 9:21
Listen as I read todayís text found in
Jeremiah 18:1-6 1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2Arise, and go down to the potterís house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3Then I went down to the potterís house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potterís hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
We see here that God was talking about Israel, but the truth in these verses can be applied to you & I as individuals as well as nations also, God always receives us in our old carnal ways and then He begins to reshape and mold us into a vessel that He can use, our old man and old nature are still with us even after weíre saved but He slowly but surely starts a work on each of us for His use and glory. He is the Great Potter and He is expert at what He does.
Some times the clay may need to season a bit to become more workable and useable, the potter may lay that clay aside for a time but he never throws it away.

Much like Israel is today, the Potter has simple laid them aside for a time but He has not forgotten them or abandon them, when the heated oven of the Tribulation is hot, Israel will come back to Him, their His chosen people and nothing or no one can change it, nor do we that love God &