Jer 18:1-4 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
There’s a story in Jeremiah where God tells him to go to the potter’s house. He stood there and watched. The potter molded and shaped and edified it (lifted it up). Sometimes, the clay gives the potter a hard time. There’s another chance the potter takes to cause the clay to be molded according to what he wanted. He used the same clay to make another vessel.
God does the same. He takes the same life and makes something new.
A potter went to a store and saw a pot with a red stripe going all the way around. He asked how much it cost. The owner said, ‘It’s not for sale.’ The other man asked, ‘Why?’ The owner said he was the one who made it. ‘I was just about to throw it out when one of the jagged pieces of clay caught my hand and my blood flowed. At that point the clay was perfect and moldable and I was able to make that pot. That red stripe is my blood. That’s why it’s not for sale.’
Some of us are marred, not pretty. When we ask God to apply His blood on us, we’re changed.
Psalm 51:6 “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”
David penned this psalm right after he had been caught out in his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. Nathan the prophet came to him and spoke God’s words, calling David out. When he wrote this psalm, he had already been forgiven, but he wanted to be transformed.
Psalm 51:7-8 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”
Sometimes, God breaks bones. Shepherds break a wayward lamb’s bones and then binds them up and carries the lamb. The lamb is kept close to the Shepherd and breathes in His scent.
Psalm 51:9-10 “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
I like Christmas because it breaks up the drudgery of winter. It’s time for another chance. God opens up an opportunity for you to start over. ‘Make me new.’
Psalm 51:11-12 “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
God is trying to give you another chance! He is here to make you fresh and brand new all over again.
Jonah heard the word of the Lord. He knew what would happen. He knew the people would repent so he ran away. Somebody with that hard of a heart who intentionally disobeys God ought to be swallowed up by a whale. He went down, down, down.
Jonah got his heart right with God and then went up. He got another chance. The Word of the Lord came a second time to Jonah. God worked on him again.
God is going to touch you again. Sometimes people need to take the time to pray through.
Mark 8:22-25 “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
Jesus spit in his eyes, outside of town! He touched him and asked if he saw ought. He said, ‘Can you see anything?’ The guy answered, ‘I see men as trees walking.’ This is the only time in Scripture that there wasn’t a perfect miracle. ‘After that he put his hands AGAIN…’
And the man was restored and saw clearly!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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