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Romans 9:21 – Clay in the hand of the Potter

15-07-2021 - Posted by Hans

Or has not the potter the right over the clay, out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor?

The opposer from verse 19 disputes God’s right to reproach anyone since He purposely made them. That sounds logical, but what the opposer loses sight of is that a creature is incapable (and hence) incompetent to hold the Creator to account. What does a creation know of its creator’s motives and intentions? A creation is subject to its creator; not the other way around. Regardless of whether we think of the creation of a writer, painter or composer. Or, as in the verse above, the potter. The material available to the creator is his, and what he does with it is up to him.

On the one hand, the potter makes objects of honor, such as a decorative vase or a wall plate. But he also makes everyday objects from “the same kneading”, such as a waste bin or toilet bowl. Useful items in both cases. But not necessarily objects to show off. And so is mankind: all we are, with or without honor, like clay in the Potter’s hand…