Camas Friends Church

A Quaker Meeting in Camas, WA

Preparation for Sunday: Jeremiah and the Potter (Jer. 18:1-11)

Hi Everyone and good afternoon,

This week we’re continuing our conversation with Jeremiah and will be looking at chapter 18 and his visit to the Potter’s house. I don’t know if you’re reading along in Jeremiah or not but I’m loving it. It’s so vivid and full of imagery, I also find so much of it as still very current for our lives today.

Here’s the text:

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.
Then the word of the LORD came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the LORD: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. (Jer 18:1–11)


  • Are there things we assume God cannot, will not, do? YHWH asks “Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done?” Are there ways in which we (try to) limit God?
  • What does the imagery of the clay represent? How about the Potter’s hands? What does this tell us about God? About ourselves? About our community?
  • Are there things in our lives, whether objects or experiences, whether material or immaterial, that were once life-giving and are now the very thing that keeps us from responding to God? Things that have spoiled in our hands and need to be reworked?

Remember this Sunday is our Potluck Sunday and directly after our meal we will be meeting for business! If you haven’t ever been to a business meeting, or haven’t been in a while this is a perfect one not to miss.

See you then!

Blessings, Wess


This entry was posted on September 9, 2010 by in Text of the Week.

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