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"At The Potter's House "
Wednesday AM Bible Study
December 22, 2004
This is one of the best-known sections in the book of Jeremiah. In it, God
communicates to His people through parables based on the work of the potter.
His purpose is (1) to let His sinning people know that He is ready to
forgive them if they will repent, and (2) to let them know that there is a
point of the hardening of the heart at which punishment becomes unavoidable.
I. THE PARABLE OF THE POTTER AND THE CLAY (18:1-23).
A. This parable is based at the potter's house. It's first purpose is to
show that God is sovereign. There are many times that God is compared with a
potter; and in each case, the intention is to show God's sovereignty over
the peoples and the nations (Isa. 29:16; 45:9; 64:8; Romans 9:19-24). It's
second purpose is to show that, God refuses to work with impurity or sin in
His people. Third, it teaches us that, if a people will repent of their
sin, He will use them; but if they will not repent, He must remake them (vv.
B. The response of the people revealed an unwillingness to change - as if it
were too late. But God's response is to show that they are rejecting what
is good for them (vv. 12-17).
C. The true heart of the people is shown in that they now turn on Jeremiah
in violence. His response is to pray that God would bring upon them the
consequences of their rebellion (vv. 18-23).
II. THE PARABLE OF THE BROKEN FLASK (19:1-15).
The purpose of this parable is the opposite of the first. The first taught
that there was still time and that God would relent of His judgment if the
people would repent. But given their response, this parable shows that
there is now no turning back, and that their condition is irreparable.
A. He promises judgment at the sight of the Valley of the Son of Hinnom - the
very sight where human sacrifices had occurred (2 Kings 23:10).
B. He explains the nature of their sin; thus forcing Him to change the name
of the place to "The Valley of Slaughter" because of the judgment that was
to come (vv. 4-9).
C. He calls Jeremiah to break the flask in front of everyone to show that
God was going to now break the city (vv. 10-15).