Summary: Reference to God being the potter and mankind being the clay is throughout the Bible. Manking allowing the Lord to mold us and make us into the image of Christ is our choice.
At the Potters House
Jeremiah chapter 18:1-18:10
As we open our Bibles to hear what God has to say through His word this morning, can we stop a minute and pray that the Holy Spirit would anoint and lead and guide us.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help us where we are at.
You know where you are at this morning-
You know what you need from God this morning.
Jeremiah chapter 18:1-18:10
Familiar verse- but yet society does not accept the fact that God is God.
Society says that I want a God that I can put on the potter’s wheel and I will create the God of my choosing.
Creating a God is called an idol.
An idol is a created God that you put before anyone or anything else including God.
The reference of potter and clay is throughout the Bible.
The potter is reference to God.
The clay is reference to humankind.
There is a spiritual reference here also. That God desires to mold us and make us and He desires to have the finished product be what He intended it to be.
Scripture;our source of information from God tells us what should happen on that potter’s wheel.
“But who are you O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, why did you make me like this? (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
Does the clay say to the potter, what are you making?
What happens on that potter’s wheel is determined by what you allow the potter to do.
In the pottery shop, the clay doesn’t talk. It has no choices. It has no life. It has no purpose, until the potter makes something out of that lump of clay.
In the spiritual, the potter is still God, the clay is humankind and we have a choice.
By design, God has given His lump of clay a choice if they will let the potter make something beautiful with him.
In the parable of the leper, Luke chapter 17- 10 lepers are crying out to Jesus from the edge of town to come to them. Jesus comes to them and they ask to be cured of their leprosy. Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priest, and as they faithfully go, Jesus heals all 10 of leprosy. Only one of the 10 comes back to Jesus and acknowledges and thanks Him for their healing.
We want to condemn 9 of the lepers for disrespecting Jesus and not coming back, and we make a hero out of the one and say that I would be the one to come back.
Really? I find myself looking in the mirror and remembering all the good things that God has done for me that I didn’t go back and say thank you.
I find myself thinking at times like silly putty rather than clay that God wants to use.
At the potters house- the clay does not talk back, because it is unable to- it clay- mud and water.
At God’s house- which I believe is the church, God is the potter, and in God’s house, we have clay talking back to God.
Clay telling God what they don’t want to be-
Clay telling God what they don’t want to do-
Clay telling God what they don’t agree with-
Listen to this passage again
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Go down to the potters house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down 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.”
Marred translated from the Greek is “ruined”. The ruined clay that is marred by imperfections is in the hands of God who wants to make something beautiful.
It is God’s control not ours, what He does with that clay- we surrender to the potter.
Matt Chandler speaking at a conference in 2009 said “We are taught morality. We attend Vacation Bible Schools. We are taught true love waits, were taught that any movie that is R rated we should not see. We should not drink beer and curse, and we should go to church. This is what we are taught! This is the part I like- He says that we make it! We get those things out of our lives. We accomplish that. Then something happens to us!- Divorce we don’t want, we lose out job, we are not able to attend the school we wanted, our parent’s get a divorce. We yell at God and we say I was good! Why did this happen? You owe me God. This is why people de-church. God is the potter, we are the clay. It is not multiple choice or vise versa. God does not say if you are good, nothing bad will ever happen to you. He says that if you stay on the wheel the he will make something beautiful out of your life.