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As Clay in the Hands of the Potter

As Clay in the Hands of the Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-10

God told Jeremiah to visit a potter’s house (Jer. 18:1–10)
Kiln for firing pottery and dump for broken
Potter’s wheelPotter was making a vessel on the pottery wheels.
Lower wheel was attached by axle to upper wheel

I. God Is Like The Potter
A. V. 6 can I not deal with you as this potter does?
1. As often happened clay did not turn out right
2. Potter reshapes clay and produce another vessel
3. Point is power the potter had over the clay
A. Ge 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
B. The potter has power over the clay
1. Is 29:16 You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
C. We must not question our Maker
1. Is 45:9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker— An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
2. Is 64:8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
D. Paul used this illustration to show the will of God
1. Ro 9:20–23 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,
II. We Are The Clay
A. Parallel must not be carried too far
1. 2 Ti 2:20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.
B. How do you explain presence of heretics like Hymenaeus and Philetus in church?
1. 2 Ti 2:17–18 Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.
C. In any great house there are all kinds of utensils
1. Things of precious metal and base metal
2. Things w/ dishonorable and honorable use.
3. Wheat and tares (Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43)
a. So similar it’s impossible to separate them
b. Parable of the dragnet (Matt. 13:47–48).
i. gathered of every kind of fish.
4. Church is mixture and judgment must be cautius
5. God’s judgment will make necessary separations
D. Useless pottery will ultimately be destroyed
1. Jer 19:1-2, 10-11

III. Marred Pottery Can Be Remade
A. Have you ever wished you could go back and start over?
1. If only you could take back the words you said or made different choices.
2. Like getting bad haircut—wait for it to grow out.
3. New discount barbershop that opened up right across the street from an established barbershop.
a. Sign with big letters: “$7.00 Haircuts.”
b. Other shop sign: “We Fix $7.00 Haircuts.”
B. God can rework us into “a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master”
1. 2 Ti 2:21 1Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
C. You can be remade
1. Ro 6:17–18 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
2. 2 Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Adapted from David Padfield