The Potter's House
God sent his prophet to the potter's house so that, by observation and inspiration, he might receive God's message to deliver to God's people. The potter had a lump of moist clay on his wheel which he shaped, quickly and with great ease, according to his own will. But something was found in the clay, a stiffness, a pebble, or some displeasing quality. "And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it." If the clay is not used for one purpose, it will be used for another. If it could not be molded into a vessel of honor, it will be molded into a vessel of dishonor, according to the will of the potter.
THE CLAY here
represents the house of
THE WHEELS Jeremiah saw are the purposes, promises, providence, and power of God. All the circumstances, experiences, and events of our lives in this world are wheels used by God to mold and shape his people into the image of Christ, according to his will (Rom. -29; ). And the wheels of providence and grace move according to God's eternal purpose of predestination.
THE POTTER is the Lord God himself. You and I are as clay in the hands of God. He owns us. He has (and always exercises!) the right to rule us, use us, shape us, and dispose of us as he will. He says, "Cannot I do with you as this potter? Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand." God is not in your hands. You are in his hands. God is not ruled by your will. You are ruled by his will.