The Potter & the Clay

The Book of Jeremiah contains more words than any other in the Bible.  Jeremiah is the second of the Great Prophets.  The Word of the Lord came to him while he was still young (Jeremiah 1:6) during the the thirteenth year of reign of King Josiah of Judah (626 B.C.).  God’s Chosen are threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians to whom they fell in 586 B.C.  Jeremiah pleads with his People to repent but they refuse.  In fact, in Jeremiah 18:12 they openly tell Jeremiah not to waste his breath as they plan to continue in their evil ways.  They believe that, as The Chosen, God will protect them no matter what they do.  They should have known better as they had seen their northern brethren in Israel fall to Assyria in 723 B.C.

Jeremiah had been led of God to the shops where jars are made of clay.  A potter working at his wheel saw a jar go bad so he smashed it and started over.  God is the Potter and His People the clay in His Hands.  He tells Jeremiah He is the Potter who raised up a nation to be His own.   But like the clay of the jar that went bad so God’s Chosen have gone on the wrong road.  God is willing to given them a second chance if they will turn from evil.  The Prophet brings this message and it is rejected.  This sets Judah up for their fall (Jeremiah 18:1-17).

I believe there is every evidence that we Americans are a Second Chosen People.  I do not know how else one explains the remarkable progress and influence of our Nation over the last 200 plus years.  I also think there is little doubt we are going the way of the First Chosen in turning our back on God.  That is one of the reasons the Tea Party rose up in remarkable fashion after the election of Barack Obama, the weakest and most dangerous President of modern time.  It is also part of the reason for the rise of Donald Trump–a non-P.C. candidate.   People have had enough and they are rising up.  But are there enough of them to swing the election away from a congenital liar?

Bill and Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt politicians in our history.  The very fact that we allowed Bill Clinton to stay in office despite lying under oath and his ill-treatment of women is an example of nation without soul or principle.   The fact that the biggest liar since Satan may win the Presidency further illustrates our decline.  As Newt Gingrich has said–the Clintons have the opposite of the Midas touch;  all they touch turns not to gold but ash.

We have been given another chance as James Comey revisits the e-mail scandal.   Some speculate he is doing this out of shame as he knows Hillary should have been indicted.  Others think that there are wiki-leaks coming which will demonstrate that Clinton should be in jail rather than leading the race for the Oval Office and Comey is seeking to get ahead of this.

What will be our response?   Will we say with Joshua, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:25)  Or will we follow the ugly response to Jeremiah, “Don’t waste your breath.  We will continue to live as we want to, following our own evil desires.”  (Jeremiah 18:12)

People remain the same as they were in the day of Joshua and Jeremiah.  And the Second Chosen can fall in 2016 A.D. just as surely as did the First in 586 B.C.   Let it not happen on our watch.  God help us!




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