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The Artistry Of The Potter He is a craftsman in every sense of the word Compare his output to that of mass production He has total control of the process.

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3 The Artistry Of The Potter He is a craftsman in every sense of the word Compare his output to that of mass production He has total control of the process He has dreams & visions re: the clay He never takes his eyes of his work The clay totally yields to his will

4 God Is The Potter He truly is all powerful & authoritative He has dreams & aspirations for His creation He never takes His eyes off His work He is able to work with such “pathetic lumps” of clay Eph 2:1 He is able to fashion us by His mighty power far beyond we could ever imagine Eph 3:20

5 God Is The Potter He has indeed formed us like clay We are made from the ground Gen 2:7 All of mankind has been “fashioned” by God Job 10:8-9 cp. 4:19 He knows His work in every intricate detail Psa 139:13-16

6 God Is The Potter He has formed us not just to exist, but to exist for a purpose We are to conform to Christ Rom 8:29 We are to proclaim His “excellencies” because He has chosen, called us 1 Pet 2:9-10 We are to live holy & blameless lives Eph 1:4

7 God Is The Potter He has formed us not just to exist, but to exist for a purpose We are to walk in the works He ordained in Christ long ago Eph 2:10 At last, He longs for us to be clothed with immortality and be brought home to Him 2 Cor 5:1-10

8 God Is The Potter He will never give up His dream for the clay We may think at times it is over He, however, may not be through with us in our situations He never grows weary while at the “Potter’s wheel” cp. Phil 1:6 Even when He must punish sin cp. Rom 8:18-21

9 Man Is The Clay In so many ways, we are like the clay Obviously, made of clay cp. 2 Cor 4:7 The clay didn’t ask to be made into a pitcher We don’t ask to be born or to have certain characteristics (gender, hair color, etc.) cp. Rom 9:20b-21

10 Man Is The Clay Yet, in other ways, we are not like the clay The clay has no individual will… we do We can resist the intentions & dreams of our Potter…thwarting His aspirations for us O.T. Israel exemplifies this attitude Psa 78:40-41

11 Man Is The Clay How disappointed this Potter must be when we resist His attempts to fashion us He is “grieved” when we do not fulfill His dreams for us cp. Gen 6:6 His plans for us are so selfless What benefit does He get out of us yielding to His dreams? Do we “feed His ego?”

12 Man Is The Clay How pained this Potter must be when we disapprove of His plans for us We think we know more than the Potter knows cp. Isa 29:13-16 We think we know His will… what is best … better than He does cp. Rom 9:19-24

13 Man Is The Clay How pained this Potter must be when we disapprove of His plans for us We must remember that He alone possesses the right to judge what He alone has made cp. Jer 18:1-12

14 Man Is The Clay All should yield to the Potter Isa 64:8 Whether or not we are believers Reject the theory that we came from the “ooze” (Evolution – purely accidental existence… no responsibilities or purpose) Embrace the Potter’s will & dreams for you!!

15 Concluding Observations… The potter takes a lifeless, formless lump of clay and through his knowledge, talent, and vision fashions it into a beautiful work of art No one saw the outcome in the clay except the one who had dreams and plans for it

16 Concluding Observations… God is able, through His omniscience and omnipotence, to fashion us into something far greater than we could ever produce within ourselves Paul knew this 1 Cor 15: Tim 1:12-17 May we come to understand it, too

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