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Shaping a Nation

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Shaping a Nation

Text: Jeremiah 18:1-10 (NIV)

1This 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 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.


I.        Introduction:

II.      The Visual Demonstration

A.      A Form of Communication

B.      A Form of Art

1.       Rejected

2.       Remade

III.   The Actual Communication

A.      Making Application

B.      Marked for Disaster

1.       Announced

2.       Averted

a)       I Repent: Man

b)       I Relent: God

C.      Marked for Blessing

1.       Expected Potential

2.       Ruined Potential

a)       God’s Rejection

b)       God’s Reevaluation

IV.    Conclusion:


[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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