“But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over” (Jeremiah 18.4 NLT).
There are two types of jars seen in the Old Testament. Jars are symbolic of earthen vessels, which are God’s Children on earth wrapped in flesh. Jars are made of the earth and we have been made of the earth (Genesis 3.19). God tells Jeremiah to go to the Potter’s House to see what can happen to the jar that is pliable in God’s hands. Jeremiah sees the potter working on the jar, but the jar is flawed. The potter instantly crushes the jar and begins to rebuild it. The first type of jar is flawed but pliable and can still be used by God. Next, God shows Jeremiah the hard jars. When crushed, these jars fall to pieces. Jeremiah takes these jars to the garbage jump, and he crushes them. The pieces of these jars are scattered and cannot be rebuilt. The second type of jar is flawed but hard and cannot be used by God. All of us our flawed. The only difference between being used by God and not being used is if we are sensitive to His Spirit. We will never be perfect, but God can shape our lives into something beautiful as we stay humble and pliable in His hands. Click To Tweet
“As these men watch you, Jeremiah, smash the jar you brought” (Jeremiah 19.10 NLT).
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