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Dr. Gene Scott Ph.D
Stanford University



Potter’s House



’m not preaching the message I prepared.  I felt the Lord speak to my heart and I’m going to obey that inner compulsion and go to the place that I’ve been with this Church more than once, that God wants us here today—Jeremiah 18.   

“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.”  In the margin of all of my Bibles I’ve written G. Campbell Morgan’s translation: “Behold, he wrought his work on the wheel.”  “And the vessel that He made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel.”  And this is the verification of the translation of Morgan: whether the original is clear or not, it is obvious it’s not just a random, free-expression work of art but it’s a purposeful work—“The potter wrought his work on the wheel”—because when the clay is marred in the hand of the potter “so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make.”

The 6th verse makes it clear there’s a human-God relationship application.  “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? saith the Lord.  Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in my hand.”  Now I’ve probably preached on this chapter a hundred times but as with so many truths of God you got to realize them.

            Seventy-five German Christians in 1727 were praying and seeking God and the Holy Spirit fell on them and the Moravian


Revival began.  Those 75 German Christians went out and did more missionary work for God in a very short time than the entire Church had done in 200 years.  Count Zinzindorf writes of them and their great work.  Their lives touched Charles and John Wesley.  Charles received a deeper experience of commitment with God and he and John, the sophisticated Anglican preacher, were on shipboard in the Atlantic when a storm hit that frightened the sailors.  The only people who weren’t scared on board were the Moravians—a little band of Moravian Christians—and John came upon them and they weren’t praying, they were singing.  He said, “Why aren’t you praying?”  They said, “If it be the Lord’s will that we drown in this storm then we have instant entrance into Glory and that’s what we all want.”  John began to talk to the leader and ask him what they had, and that he wanted what Charles had already gotten from God and they had, and the leader said “It’s of grace.”  And John said, “I don’t have it.  Should I quit preaching?”  And the very wise leader of the Moravians said, “No, preach grace because it’s in the Bible.  After you get it, preach it because you have it, but preach it first because it’s in the Word.” 

The older I get and the more I serve the Lord, the more I understand that God is kind enough to give me insight into His Word.  And there’re lots of things that I’ve preached in His Word that I thought I had realized, but now I know I only touched them and only had a glimpse.  And as the life with God brings the reality of engraftation, until the truth is ingrown you can’t really realize them.  That’s why some passages of Scripture that you’ve read a hundred times will, as Karl Barth has said, ‘leap out and seize you like a beast’ at certain points of your Christian journey because they give meaning to what’s happening and give direction through an experience. 

I feel like I’ve never preached on the Potter’s House before

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