One of my favorite passages in the bible is Jeremiah 18:1-11, which shows God’s ability to change EVERYBODY. He has the ability to save even -those whom we see as- the worst sinners.
I pray that the message in this post would touch us, however much you may find flaws in the writing style, because I feel I fell to satan’s tricks that led me to believe that God cannot save everyone, and I don’t want you to fall for it too!
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In this post, I’ll just comment on the first 4 verses.
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
While reading this passage today, it was like the first time for me to read the words, “Arise and Go down”. It may be taken from a literal point of view that Jeremiah was sitting down, so God asked him to get up, and that potteries are usually in valleys where they could find good clay, so God asked him to go down to them. Yet, I truly believe that if one thinks deeper into each and every word, he’d find more to it than just the obvious meaning.
Arise to me always has a link to resurrection from death, or getting up from a fall (sin). Arise here is a message to me that to understand the coming part I NEED TO GET UP FROM NOT BELIEVING THAT GOD CAN SAVE EVERYONE!
I have been lost in the thought that God will only save the good people, and I totally forgot that Jesus said that “those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:17).
So the first step is to believe that God has the ability to save all!
(2) and go down
Going down usually in the bible means to humble yourself. Well, to see God working with sinners you need to humble yourself for two major reasons.
The first is obvious, YOU ARE A SINNER, so for God to work with you, you need to humble yourself. You just got up from the fall of not believing that God could save, but this shouldn’t make you boast. Knowing that you are a sinner and that you need to change helps God change you and save you. David in Psalm 18 says, “for You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty (condescendingly pride) looks” (Psalm 18:27)
The second which may not be as obvious as the first, and I personally have fell in several times, is humbling ourselves when helping out our brothers and sisters whom have fallen. St. John Chrysostom once said, “we should not speak as if from a righteous teacher’s chair, but with love lean down your backs, and hold on to those who have fallen, after having your feet completely steadfast, so that God’s spirit can raise us up with them, without us falling on to the ground“.
Second step is humble yourself, so God can change you, and use you to change others!
Instead of writing a conclusion, I will reiterate what Origen (a Christian writer and teacher who lived in the 2nd century) had said in his homily on Jeremiah.
“As long as we are in this life, we are still made of clay that can be shaped, whether it is of vice or virtue. Vice can be shaped into a new virtue, and the same with virtue, it also can be changed into vice. Until the day comes that our lives end, and we pass through the fire. Passing through the fire would harden the soft clay, and there will not be a possibility for change”
A hope this post would trigger us to Get up, Humble down and Change!