Signs and Symbols of Jeremiah // Part 10

The Potter & the Clay

(Jeremiah 18:1-6)


The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.


As we consider this sign of the potter working with his clay, we would like to examine the various steps of the process – all that is involved in making a clay vessel – to see what lessons can be derived and how those lessons apply to us as spiritual members of the house of Israel.