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Psalm 119:161-168

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Isaiah 51:1-3

Matthew 11:20-24

 

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Jeremiah relates the metaphor of the potter, God, still at work with his hands, working and reworking the unfinished nation and people of Israel.

 

From our place in history, consider your own life as a clay jar. Indeed, it may have even been a jar which has been fired and seemingly broken forever. But God keeps working on it.

 

Look at how your own life has gone. If it has gone as you wished, you are rare. If, on the other hand your life seems to have gone as if it were also be shaped, on rare occasions by the merest whisper of something else, which seems to have touched your life just barely, like a potter etching the last groove, then the potter is standing by. And the most skillful potter is God, with a gentle artistic touch.

 

We all need to relax a bit, don’t we, and wait for the gentle touch of the artist potter?

 

Pray for God’s hand in our lives today, as we have the chance to be God’s touch to others we meet today.

 

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

 

 

Psalm 119:161-168

161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.

162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.

164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances.

165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

166I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I fulfill your commandments.

167My soul keeps your decrees; I love them exceedingly.

168I keep your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you.

Jeremiah 18:1-11

18The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. 5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.

11Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Isaiah 51:1-3

51Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. 3For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Matthew 11:20-24

20Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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