Tag Archives: The Potter’s House

God Knows What He Needs Us to Be


Line art drawing of potter's wheel.

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18 (continued from previous post):

“…Once the potter had prepared for the …remake and he had moistened the clay and rolled it and loosened it and mashed it a few times in his hand [that] he put it back on the wheel. And he began… to start the [potter’s] wheel to turn. [He] began to shape the vessel. [He] began to put pressure on it at various points, …[letting the clay] slide through his fingers. [He] applied more moisture and formed it and shaped it and carved it out to the point where it was satisfactory. [He carved it out] to the point where he knew, if it was a pitcher, it would hold water and it would disperse water evenly… [He carved it out] to the point that if it were a bowl, it would hold the stuff that was inside it and not let [its contents] leak out.

“God knows what he needs us to be [but] we’ve have to be willing to step up on the wheel..”

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011

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Why the Potter Remakes the Vessel


 

Cracked vase

 

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18 (continued from previous post):

 

“Jeremiah saw [the marred vessel] from where he was standing at the door and he saw [the potter] crush the clay back down. No doubt, the vessel was probably shaping up pretty good in the eyes of Jeremiah. But in the eyes of the master craftsman, he knew that it was not going to work out. Now, if he had continued and left the imperfection in the vessel, no doubt, the vessel would not have been able to hold up when he put the vessel in the fire.

“[Once the vessel was placed in the fire, which was meant] to intensify it and give it strength, no doubt, there would have been a weak spot and it would not have been able to withstand the heat of the fire. And if we are going to go through some things, we have to be made the right way. [We] have to be shaped in the right way. [We] have to be prepared in the right way if we are going to go through some things…”

 

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011

 

 


On the Potter’s Wheel


Grarncarz w Rabce / Potter in Rabka

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18:3, ” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.”

…Jeremiah, when he came to the potter’s house, he didn’t disturb the craftsman but he just stood there in the door and beheld the craftsman while he did his work. He saw how the potter had his wheel… He had to pump the pedals to turn the wheel. The wheel would spin around, and as it [spun] around, he put the clay on the wheel and he would take his hand, and he would [morph the clay] with his hands… He would apply pressure here and pressure there. And he would lighten up over here and lighten up over there. And he would shape the clay in his hand to cause it to become a vessel of his desire. Only the potter knows what the vessel needs to look like because the potter has the image of the vessel in his mind. The potter has the purpose of the vessel in his mind. The potter knows what he is making the vessel to be used for.

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011


We Need a Word from God


"Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Je...

“Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18:

“Jeremiah was so broken down to see [the] decline in the worship of God – to see how people had turned their back on serving God until he just says, “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night…” (Jeremiah 9:1). [Jeremiah] felt, “If I could just make an intercession by crying all the time, Lord I would that.” …All he [was able to do was] bring the Word… but whether or not the people received the Word, it was up to them.

Sometimes the modern-day preacher [will] preach the same message over and over again. Some… listen and [some will] go on as though they never heard the Word… The preacher will preach the Word – he’ll bring the Word of God – and folk sometimes will hear it, sometimes they won’t. Sometimes they receive it, sometimes they don’t. And it leaves the heart of the preacher… broken…

Jeremiah was so broken and perplexed, until God spoke to him one day and said, “Get up Jeremiah. Stop your crying… I need you to hear a Word… Go on down to the potter’s house. There I will cause you to understand my Word and to hear a Word.” And sometimes, we need to get a word from God: a Word that is going to do more than just prick our heart, but a Word that is going to change us; a Word that is going to make us brand new. We need a Word that’s going to reshape us.”


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