Jeremiah 18:4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
If we left a lump of clay on the ground how long would it take to form into a pot? That's right it wouldn't. Clay needs a potter for it to be shaped into a purposeful vessel. And if that vessel has imperfections, or could be repurposed for even better service, then the potter reshapes it. So it is with our lives and our God who we believe shapes and reshapes our imperfect lives.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13 V1. "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom."
"At that time..." Jesus is talking about the time of His second coming. In Jewish weddings - in Jesus' time - only unmarried girls served as bridesmaids.
A Jewish wedding had three stages: First, there was an engagement or promise of marriage. Second, there was a betrothal. This was a public exchange of vows and gifts between the couple. And third, the marriage feast which takes place about a year later.
This parable is describing day one of the wedding feast. A bridesmaid only job was to have her torch ready to escort the groom to his bride. As they were waiting for the groom - all ten fell asleep. The original Greek says that they "noddled off and were sound asleep."
The main theme of this parable is that we must be ready for the soon coming of Jesus. We must
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