“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This Jar is Still Cracked, Again...

My study today of Breaking Free, (Week 1, Day 3)... reminded me of this post I wrote last year.

originally aired July 29, 2009
This Jar is Cracked

photography by Anthony

We now have this light
shining in our hearts,

but we ourselves are like
fragile clay jars
containing this great treasure

This makes it clear that
our great power is from God,
not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

As I ponder my current memory verse... I marvel at the thought that God's light shines within me. And also through me... considering all the chips and cracks in this particular jar of clay. How easy it is to see God's great power when the gaps and crevices allow the light to shine through...

And so I was caught off guard when I came across this verse in Jeremiah.

"This is what the Lord Almighty,
the God of Israel, says:
Take these documents,
both the sealed and unsealed
copies of the deed of purchase,
and put them in a clay jar
so they will last a long time."
Jeremiah 32:14 NIV

The beauty of the Old Testament. The beauty of scripture interpreting scripture.

I had only ever considered Paul's inference towards the fragility of a clay jar. Not the durability of a clay jar.

Anthony took this picture when we were in Israel last year. These jars are similar in nature to the jars that housed the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were found in 1947. Jars of clay that protected ancient manuscripts for almost 2,000 years.

Although fragile in nature. They were used for preservation. Preservation of the word of God. Worthy of holding a treasure.

And that is me. And that is you.

"And what a awesome thought—
God has always put his eternal treasure
in fragile jars of clay,
and though the jars eventually break,
the treasure doesn’t,
but somehow makes the jars themselves eternal."
- Pastor Ray Noah


Tammy said...

Hi Sherri,
thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. I have been on a bit of a journey with God the past few weeks. It has led to writers block on my blog. Doing Beth Moore's study on the fruit of the study. I am hoping to be blogging again soon...for now I am follwoing Gods' lead.

blessings my friend

Julie Musil said...

What a beautiful comparison! I guess some of the most fragile things can also be quite strong.

fallingintofavor said...

This post really made me smile today! Especially since Jars of Clay = one of my favorite bands, lol. Right when I was telling myself I need to relax and listen to some music :)

Karen June Miller said...

What a beautiful post! It's amazing what God has poured into our clay beings! And, He entrusts those things to us. I am blessed by your comparison!

Oh Happy Day!