He made it again.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 “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 hands of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
This is Jeremiah, learning the lesson for Israel…..God could still use Israel….even after their rebellion and idolatry…
….if, they would return to Him and let Him make them again….another vessel, as seemed Him good.
And what was that?
God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar had come and put them under tribute to him, for their sin and iniquities.
….if they would turn from their evil, and follow the law….
…even though they would have to pay tribute,…they would be able to stay in the land God gave them…..in peace….under their own olive trees and vineyards…with their families.
But, if they rebelled against this second chance…..they would be destroyed….they city of David and the temple burnt….and their children taken away as slaves or starved.
God was speaking bluntly…..and giving them hope….
….if they obeyed:
Jeremiah 25:5-6 “…Turn ye again now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers forever and ever.
And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke Me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.”
Second chances from the Lord, to be molded into a vessel unto honor….useful to the Lord,…..are a bounty and a blessing.
What are we doing with ours?
Perhaps you have failed in the purpose for which you were sent…or called to someone, or someplace, or to some time?
But let me tell you…..God has a second chance for any who come to Him in repentance and obedience.
The great call of Israel was to be a nation under God….with Him as their King.
Yet,….when they failed….time and time again,….
….He sent prophets and priests….He sent messages of love and correction…
…and finally, before the captivity…..
…He sent a final word:
“Return….obey….and I will give you a second chance at being My people.
It will not be with the great and grand promises that I gave your fathers….
….that will come under the Messiah, My Son…
….but you can still be a blessing….still get my blessing…
…will you have this second chance….this forming of the Potter’s hands….of Me?”
And He says the same to us…..His people….now, to any that have failed, or gone away from Him….
Hebrews 12:12-13 “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
“Lift up the hands which hang down”…..go and do what the Lord says….get up….here and now……and do it.
“And feeble knees”….have you stopped praying? Have stopped seeking His Word?…start again.
“And make straight paths for your feet”….if you know you have done wrong….correct it….go to the Lord and set it right….and get back in His Way for you.
Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
Work at your relationships with others….and with the Lord.
“Holiness” here is sanctification….to be set aside in all we are, to the Lord.
His Purpose for us is to manifest His glory….His light and love.
And He gives us a second chance to do just that…..He gave Peter, who denied Him, that second chance….
….and, if we return to Him….He will do the same for us.