Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that - FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING - God is the Portter and we are the Marred Clay; and He doesn’t GIVE-UP ON US.
“The Potter’s House”
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
CP Walker, Taegu, South Korea
BIG IDEA: GOD DOESN’T GIVE-UP ON US.
REFERENCES: John 3:1-7; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; Deut. 30:15-20; 2 Cor. 4:7 (... earthen vessels in the KJV or Jars of Clay in the NIV); Rom. 9:21 (Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump to make one vesel unto honor and another unto dishonor); Isaiah 45:9-13 (... Potsherd strives with the potsherds ...)
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Jeremiah 18:1-6
II. READ THE PERICOPE: JEREMIAH 18:1-6
III. READ THE TEXT: Jeremiah 18:4 (And 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
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to affirm to others that FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING – God is the Potter and we are the Marred clay; and He doesn’t GIVE-UP on us.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “The Potter’s House”
VI. Protaganist: The Potter, The Wheel, and The Marred Clay
INTRODUCTION: Who can ever forget the story recorded in the Fourth Gospel (John 3) about Nicodemus - the Secret Pharisaic Ruler of The Jews and Card caring Member of The Sanhedrin Court – who came to Jesus during the night uttering the NOW FAMOUS WORDS:
“Rabbi, we know that thou art a TEACHER come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
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MOVE 1: Now, clearly, my brothers and my sisters, Jesus (in John 3) takes on the role of TEACHER, EDUCATOR, AND THEOLOGIAN.
a. For He explains to NICodemus ... the THEOLOGICAL METAPHOR of HOW TO BE BORN AGAIN.
b. Jesus, like His Father (God) uses many things, methods, and techniques to teach His people.
c. For don’t you remember when Jesus was confronted by an angry group of ACCUSERS who had just caught a WOMAN IN THE VERY ACT OF ADULTERY (but somehow, selectively forgot to bring the gentleman that she was caught in the BED with ) ASKED JESUS ... to decide her fate based upon the LAWS OF MOSES ...
d. Jesus stooped down (according to John 8) and proceeded to conduct a BLOCK OF INSTRUCTIONS ON HANDWRITING; AND after their persistence (scribes and pharisees) JESUS INSTRUCTED THEM IN A CLASS entitled, ...
e. ROCK THROWING 101 ...ASKING beforehand that “THE STUDENT WITHOUT SIN, ... BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT ... HER WITH THE FIRST ROCK.
f. The Bible tells us that AT THAT VERY MOMENT ... all of the accusers dropped “THE CLASS” ... For Jesus said unto the woman ... “...where are thou accusers ...go and sin no more.
g. Jesus, like his Father, was always teaching.
h. You may recall that God (in the Old Testament) used many things to TEACH HIS PEOPLE.
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MOVE 2: LIKEWISE, IN OUR TEXT, THIS AFTERNOON GOD USES VISUAL AIDS from the Potter’s House TO TEACH Jeremiah.
a. Now, Biblical Research tells us that “Pottery was one of the oldest crafts in the Bible lands.” The place where potter’s clay was dug was called “potter’s field”.