The Potter’s Clay-Jeremiah 18:1-6

Jeremiah 18:1-6 “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 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. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Geremia 18:1-6 «Ecco la parola che fu rivolta a Geremia da parte del Signore:
«Àlzati, scendi in casa del vasaio, e là ti farò udire le mie parole». Allora io scesi in casa del vasaio, ed ecco egli stava lavorando alla ruota. Il vaso che faceva si guastò, come succede all’argilla in mano al vasaio; da capo ne fece un altro come a lui parve bene di farlo. 5 La parola del Signore mi fu rivolta in questi termini: 6 «Casa d’Israele, non posso io fare di voi quello che fa questo vasaio?», dice il Signore. «Ecco, quel che l’argilla è in mano al vasaio, voi lo siete in mano mia, casa d’Israele!»
     Throughout the book for Jeremiah, the Lord directed Jeremiah to observe his surroundings as metaphors to the spiritual condition of the people around him. Pottery was a major industry during that time and pottery shops were common. Here the Lord sends Jeremiah to the potter’s house to watch him mold clay pots. What he observed was the common practice of pottery making.
     Whenever the clay would become marred in the potter’s hand, he would patiently mold it again, apply the pressure where needed and reshape the clay into a new pot. Jeremiah saw this as a picture of how God’s relationship was to His people; what an amazing picture of how God takes us with all our flaws and reshapes us over and over again to become a more beautiful vessel.
     Clay has a tendency to harden and become inflexible as the potter kneads it; we, too, can be guilty of the same. Isaiah speaks of the potter and the clay when he says, “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’” (Isaiah 45:9). The reshaping of our lives in Christ will be a constant work until our earthly journey is finished. Allow God to shape you into a vessel that will bring glory to Him.
Pray with me: Lord, I know that You are patient with me as You work to make me into a vessel of honor for You. Help me not to resist the pressure as You shape and develop my life.

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