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  • Betty A. Burnett

Being Molded into the Desired Shape

The Potter and the Clay

I want to piggyback to what clay is when it comes to our identity as humans, when it comes to the Word of God. Whatever the Word says, it should be acceptable.

Internet - Clay in the Bible is a recurring theme beginning in the Old Testament right through the New Testament. God is the Divine Potter. Humanity is His lump of clay, and He holds all of us together in intricacy with His fingers, His Potter’s hand, ever so slightly extended toward whatever design may be needed next for our lives on this earth. It doesn’t matter how complicated things seem now- someday you’ll see their purpose revealed as God molds you according to His will for you.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter. And all we are the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8). 

 And the LORD God formed man of the dust [clay] of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being [soul]. Genesis 2:7  Remember, I pray that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again? (Job 10:8-9). 

Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? it’s almost as though humans are able to themselves from what God made them to be (Isaiah 29:16).

O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? says the Lord. Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel (Jeremiah 18:6).

Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3).

 Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? (Isaiah 45:9)

The precious sons of Zion, valuable as fine gold, How they are regarded as clay pots, The work of the hands of the potter! (Lamentations 4:2)

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” (John 9:11, 14, 15)

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? (Romans 9:21-21).

In searching for the word clay, I found about thirty scriptures pertaining to it. These few confirm what Potter and the clay mean, and they are proof. BUT! Somebody might say “Clay can be in different colors” My answer would be - The Bible defines Adam, Esau, and David and ruddy “red”

So, my brothers, sisters, and friends, now that you know the truth about us being those clay vessels, why not accept it? You may as well because there is not a thing anybody can do about it.

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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