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Jeremiah 18, The Potter and the Clay

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March 21, 2013 in Activism

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Prophet Jeremiah, Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo ca. 1508-1512

 

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it. So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds.”’ But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

“Therefore thus says the Lord,
‘Ask now among the nations,
Who ever heard the like of this?
The virgin of Israel
Has done a most appalling thing.

‘Does the snow of Lebanon forsake the rock of the open country?
Or is the cold flowing water from a foreign land ever snatched away?

‘For My people have forgotten Me,
They burn incense to worthless gods
And they have stumbled from their ways,
From the ancient paths,
To walk in bypaths,
Not on a highway,

To make their land a desolation,
An object of perpetual hissing;
Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
And shake his head.

‘Like an east wind I will scatter them
Before the enemy;
I will show them My back and not My face
In the day of their calamity.’”

Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet! Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words.”

Do give heed to me, O Lord,
And listen to what my opponents are saying!

Should good be repaid with evil?
For they have dug a pit for me.
Remember how I stood before You
To speak good on their behalf,
So as to turn away Your wrath from them.

Therefore, give their children over to famine
And deliver them up to the power of the sword;
And let their wives become childless and widowed.
Let their men also be smitten to death,
Their young men struck down by the sword in battle.

May an outcry be heard from their houses,
When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
For they have dug a pit to capture me
And hidden snares for my feet.

Yet You, O Lord, know
All their deadly designs against me;
Do not forgive their iniquity
Or blot out their sin from Your sight.
But may they be overthrown before You;
Deal with them in the time of Your anger!

- Bible, Jeremiah 18

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It’s so fascinating reading these texts and how they echo my thoughts. Holographic information. Interesting. I’ve heard other people say the same thing, they’d open a Bible and it’d just happen to coincide with their situation.

The serpent talks about ‘molding’ people? well… that’s God’s prerogative. God can mold anyone He wants, since He made us and has sovereign authority over us –the nephilim do not, however.

“of perpetual hissing”

Who hisses like the serpent? Creeps can say whatever they want about me but … if you would dare offend God… if you are actually that stupid, well %) “stupid is as stupid does.” I really find it comical. All the snakes hissing, now they think they have flesh to sink their fangs into.

It is fascinating to see a bunch of untaught, double-think creeps spew venom while in their black hearts they feel a sense of glee that their prejudices will be justified –because they will make them justified.

Know this: Jehovah knows every wretched thought that goes through your heads, that feeling of wonder and power when you fall back on your ignorance and use it to feed your prejudice. He. Knows. Everything.


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5 responses to Jeremiah 18, The Potter and the Clay

  1. How many of you have experienced aspects of your entire personality being re-written, molded ? Memories taken, and yet it’s all part of some plan. It is truly awesome and terrifying at the same time… and re-assuring, that there is a higher power at work. Just… don’t offend Him, that’d be insane.

  2. wonder what he thinks of the midget porn

    • the authorities of the time thought as you did, because apparently it is obscene to have any representations of human beings. I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

  3. Amen. I was reading Jeremiah earlier today too. I just found another awesome Scripture from it:

    Jeremiah 16:16-21
    Good News Translation (GNT)

    The Coming Punishment
    16 The Lord says, “I am sending for many fishermen to come and catch these people. Then I will send for many hunters to hunt them down on every mountain and hill and in the caves among the rocks. 17 I see everything they do. Nothing is hidden from me; their sins do not escape my sight. 18 I will make them pay double for their sin and wickedness, because they have defiled my land with idols that are as lifeless as corpses, and have filled it with their false gods.”

    Jeremiah’s Prayer of Confidence in the Lord
    19 Lord, you are the one who protects me and gives me strength; you help me in times of trouble. Nations will come to you from the ends of the earth and say, “Our ancestors had nothing but false gods, nothing but useless idols. 20 Can people make their own gods? No, if they did, those would not really be gods.”

    21 “So then,” says the Lord, “once and for all I will make the nations know my power and my might; they will know that I am the Lord.”

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