“Spoiled Clay”

On Sept. 8, Pastor Katy preaches on Jeremiah 18:1-11.

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Come, 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 The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9 And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Pottery is a rare art these days. It takes a steady hand of incredible skill to begin with an unformed ball of clay and shape it into a vessel that is both functional and beautiful. As Israel journeys down a path away from God, God calls to Jeremiah and tells him to go to the potter’s house to watch and to hear God’s words. Jeremiah goes and watches as the potter reshapes the spoiled clay of a vessel into something new. Sometimes we too need to be reshaped, but God is not finished with Israel, and God is not finished with us. God is quite the artist!