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Water of Life: the Blind man sees

11th November 2009, mgh

 

1) Clay in the hands of the Potter

One of the basic essentials of life on this planet is water. Without water life is very short, ranging from a matter of hours on a hot day in the desert to a few days in dire conditions. This has a direct parallel to the survival of those who would wish to serve and worship the Creator.


Isaiah 68 presents a pictorial view of the importance of water to the potter, who fashions a lump of clay into a useful and an aesthetically pleasing object and this creates a parallel to the way in which the Word of God should mould the faithful.

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

The potter takes the clay and unless the clay is kept moist with water, it cannot be moulded. If the clay dries out it is impossible to make anything out of that clay. The nation of Israel, to understand their God, had to pay heed to their Law, and the writings of the Psalms and the Prophets and obey God's Laws, rejecting false religions and idolatry.


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