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The principle of the shattered or the broken vessels relating to the potter. Part 2.

Friday, March 11, 2011

In our study of the Potter, the clay and the vessel, we need to note the potter’s wheel as it relates to the plan of God for the human race.

COL 1:1617 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

The wheel must turn on an axle and the axle is based upon the justice and the righteousness of God.

Because of the angelic conflict, God has designed His plan so that the wheel of the Christian life must turn or spin on the axle of the individual’s choice.

In JER 18:3, Jeremiah uses the analogy of the wheel as a type that represents the workings of God as He molds and shapes either a person or a nation into the kind of vessel He desires.

Here, the wheel represents the training He gives, and sometimes the discipline necessary in order that He may obtain the results He desires to have.

In EZE 1:15 Wheels always represent progress, motion, purpose, accomplishment.
EZE 1:15-17, Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for {each of} the four of them. The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship {was} like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship {being} as if one wheel were within another.Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions, without turning as they moved.

In this Scripture the wheels represent the power of God in action.

The wheel within a wheel in EZE 1:16, their appearance and workmanship {being} as if one wheel were within another.
It represents the inner motions, purposes and desires of our Lord within Himself.

In EZE 1:18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.

The rims of these wheels reach unto Heaven to inform us that the purposes and works of GOD are higher than ours, too
high for our comprehension.

The eyes on the wheels represent the omniscience of the Spirit of God, who knows full well what He is doing, and understands all the purposes of GOD.

When it comes to His wheels, you must decide which axle you will use – the one that God has provided or will you invent your own which is some form of self-righteousness.

Therefore, in perfect righteousness the justice of God provided man with a free will, so that man is a free agent in determining his own destiny.
Therefore man cannot blame the mistakes and errors of his own decisions on perfect and incorruptible God.

In Psa 9, the psalmist says, PSA 9:17, The wicked will return to Sheol [grave, abode of death], {Even} all the nations who forget God.

JER 18:4, But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; is because Israel as a nation had forgotten God.

In JER 2:32, “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me Days without number.”

JER 2:32, “They had lost there attachment to God that they once had as young females have to their dress and ornaments.”

Like the church at Ephesus, in REV 2:4, “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

JER 3:21, A voice is heard on the bare heights, The weeping {and} the supplications of the sons of Israel; Because they have perverted their way, They have forgotten the Lord their God.

JER 3:22, they were told by the Lord, “Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to Thee; For Thou art the Lord our God.”

JER 13:25, “This is your lot, the portion measured to you From Me,” declares the Lord, “Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in falsehood or lies and false doctrine.”

JER 13:26, “So I Myself have also stripped your skirts off over your face, That your shame may be seen.”

JER 18:15, “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,”

Notice how many times the indictment was because they had forgotten God.

There was chaos spreading throughout the land.

In our own time, we too are watching the phenomenon of a nation which has forgotten God being turned into hell or a grave–

the moral fiber of our people losing its consistency, the government increasingly unable to govern properly, The institutions of American life being shaken by frequent panics and torn with dissension –The message of Jeremiah is that of a growing revelation of the heart of the God who turns a nation into hell.

We hear the judgments of God in this book, but what the prophet is being taught as he goes along is to know the heart of the God of judgment. The great message of this book to us is to see what lies behind that which appears to be the ruthlessness of God in dealing with a people, and learning, from chapter to chapter, what kind of God is behind the judgment.

JER 17:9, The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
JER 18:12, “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.’”

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