Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Potter's House

August 12: Jeremiah 18-22

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 .“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’

12 “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
Jeremiah 18:1-12

Potter's House

In the Gospels, Jesus often spoke in parables, or stories, to illustrate a truth; in the same way, many times God illustrated His message to His people by the things he commanded of the prophets. In today's reading, God tells Jeremiah to go to the Potter's House, using the Potter's vessel as an illustration of God's working among His own people.

When Jeremiah entered the Potter's house, he noted that the vessel the potter was making was spoiled; rather than throwing it away, he reworked it into another vessel. God then spoke to Jeremiah saying, “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done?"

I do not know about you, but it is much easier for me to write devotions about God's love toward His people than to write about His judgment. Yet, when going through the books of the prophets, I find us continually facing the judgment of God against His people who have rejected Him.

God states it so clearly in this passage; He is the Potter, because we were created by Him. How often, however, do we, the clay, face our Potter and say, "You should do it this way--not that way."?

Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.

Should these words not have brought fear into every one's heart? The solution seemed so simple; just turn away from evil and come back to the Lord. How did the people of Judah respond?

“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’"

Here we are looking down at this time through the eyes of Jeremiah, and we marvel that they could not see what they were doing. Now, transport yourself to our time. What do you see? What is the common attitude of the people in this world toward God Almighty?

“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’"

It is true, is it not? But, where are the Christians? Where is the Light God has put in the world to confound the wise?

Pray today that you will be used of God to show forth His Gospel of salvation to those around you, that in whatever duties of life you have, Christ will be seen in you.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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