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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Potter

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Of the potter scripture says he treadeth the clay to make it pliable, Isaiah 41:25; and he forms his vessel on a wheel. Jeremiah 18:3 . Much of the ordinary pottery in the East is made in a very simple way: the workman turns the wheel with his feet, and with his hands he forms the vessel as it pleases him. This common pottery of the East is very fragile, and as such is often alluded to in scripture. The Lord Jesus will subdue all His enemies: will dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Psalm 2:9 , Isaiah 30:14; Revelation 2:27 .

The potter making his vessels as it pleases him, is a beautiful illustration of the power of God as Creator, and is applied to Israel: "as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel." Jeremiah 18:2-6 . It also illustrates God's sovereignty: "Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?" The potter has full power over the clay. Romans 9:20,21 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Potter'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/p/potter.html. 1897.

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