God Is the Potter!
“Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.”
“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.”
Preparatory Reading: Genesis 45:1-15; Daniel 4:24-37; Romans 9:6-24; Isaiah 10:5-15; 46:1-11; Matthew 20:1-16.
- Job 36:1-18 is as good as any place to get started by introduction to exalting our very sovereign God.
- God and Satan knew who was ultimately in charge – God’s hand over Satan’s hand (Job 2:3,5-6).
- Job started off well (Job 1:20-22), but needed Elihu to remind him again about God (Job 33:12-13).
- Passages like Deut 32:26-43; Job 40:1-14; Isaiah 40:18-26; 43:8-13; 45:5-13; Jer 2:9-13; 10:10-16; Dan 4:34-37; Nah 1:1-15; Rom 9:15-24 are glorious, which should give great delight for meditation.
- If you want to meditate on a Psalm about His sovereignty … then consider Psalm 33, 115, or 135.
- You were saved to know God, and knowing God should cause great glory (John 17:3; Jer 9:23-24).
- You were created for God and His pleasure, so you should participate by praise (Pr 16:4; Ps 147:1).
- What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Amen!
- These two sermons are but a short review of a large subject due to recent apologetic defense of Him.
- Our time is short, purpose limited, so we will ignore most difficulties and sovereignty in salvation.
- We want to glory in those passages of scripture exalting Him as God and ridiculing His enemies.
- Do you love this God and hate His enemies? If you fail either, you have a problem (Ps 139:21-22).
- The Dominion of God was eight years ago.
- Knowing God – Sovereignty was three years ago.
God is the Potter
- The dominating control a potter has over clay is a fitting description of God and man.
- God used this or similar illustrations to describe His sovereign power over men (Is 29:16; 45:9; 64:8; Jer 18:6; Rom 9:21; Job 10:8-9; Isaiah 10:15; Ps 119:73).
- Fools barking against God’s existence or His domination of man are lunatick rebels.
- Do you believe/love this metaphor? Then let Him have His way with you with praise!
God is Sovereign
- This term, not from the Bible, has little to do with omnipotence, though including it.
- God can make or do anything, but what He chooses to make or do is His sovereignty.
- We mean God’s absolute right to do with His creatures as He sees fit in His own eyes.
- To skeptics, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?” (Matt 20:15).
God Mocks Gods
- The God of the Bible is not politically correct – He mocks and ridicules other gods.
- Consider these examples of God making fun of other gods (Deut 32:31; Jer 2:9-13; 10:16; Ps 115:1-8; 135:15-18; Is 40:18-26; 43:8-13; 44:9-20).
- Consider fulfilled prophecies .
God Shames Men
- He does not respect the dignity of man, as men speak of it, which is hard to identify.
- He confounded the speech of men at Babel to force them to spread abroad on earth.
- Jehovah gave the Philistines emerods for exalting Dagon (I Sa 5:6,9,12; Ps 78:65-66).
- He sent Philistia hemorrhoids.
- Prophecy is fulfilled by today’s explosion of sodomy and transgender (Rom 1:18-32).
God Mocks Men
- Everyone knows Elijah mocked Ahab and Jezebel’s Baal and prophets at Mt. Carmel.
- But God also mocks men that worship false gods and that think they can question or assist Him (Ps 115:1-8; 135:15-18; Is 41:21-24; 44:9-20; Rom 11:33-36.
God Rejects Questions
- Paul showed some questions out of place; they were replies against God (Ro 9:19-21).
- He does not give account of any of His ways (Da 4:35; Job 33:12-13; Isaiah 45:9-10).
- Above questions is a great attribute (Job 9:12; Mat 10:15; Rom 11:33-36; I Cor 2:16).
God Is Fulfilled
- God is not disappointed many are lost; He saves all He chose (John 6:39; 10:27; 17:2).
- The universe moves according to His plan for it from eternity (Acts 15:18; Eph 3:11.
God Assigns Men
- The doctrine of imputation is not taught much more, but it is God’s accounting choice.
- He made Adam representative for the entire race … thus babies die (Romans 5:12-19).
- He also made Christ representative for all the elect … thus all shall live Rom 5:12-21).
God’s Will Reigns
- God does everything according to His will, not man’s (Job 23:13; Dan 4:35; Ep 1:11).
- For more God’s will, man’s will, free will.
God Rules Hearts
- He may harden hearts and hold hardened persons guilty and responsible (Ro 9:17-21)!
- He may open hearts and make them attentive to preaching of His gospel (Acts 16:14)!
God confuses Men
- He confounded men intentional and thoroughly at Babel to end their building project.
- He deceived those with idols and sent bad commandments (Ezek 14:6-11; 20:25-26).
- He sent strong delusion to damn those rejected the love of the truth (II Thess 2:9-12).
- We fully documented it.
God Is Limited
- But not by you or any other man or any group of men, devils, and angels, good or bad!
- God is limited only by His own infinitely perfect nature and His plan for the universe!
- He cannot be tempted by sin, and He does not tempt others with sin (James 1:13-16).
God and Talk
- Do not think or speak about what you will do, without God’s will in it (Jas 4:13-16).
- Never be angry at God, no matter what, for you are not right in being so (Job 1:20-22).
- Do not say, “God is not fair,” when He is more than fair, even to sinners (Acts 14:17).
- Do not say, “God would not do this or that,” when He sends evil and good (Job 2:10).
- Instead of talking of your “rights,” you are responsible to Him; He has rights to you.
- Stop asking inside or outside, “Why?” because God is the answer to both (Eccl 7:14).
An Improved Worldview
- A nation’s rulers get there one way – God put them in office (Rom 13:1-7; Dan 2:21)!
- Nations advance and decline by the will of the King of nations (Jer 10:7; Ps 22:28).
- Do not think for a moment that they get away with anything (Eccl 5:8; Psalm 12:5).
- Man’s purpose – To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever – is served by this doctrine.
God and Free Will
- If you ask, God has a free will to do anything He wants to do that is holy, right, wise.
- If you really need to know, God’s will is not free, for He cannot even consider sin.
- Men assume and demand a free will, but they fail to realize what happened in Eden.
- Compare God’s winning efforts … do we reject love from those we have influenced?
God Judges Men
- Sometimes it is all men as with Adam’s curse, Noah’s Flood, and the coming inferno.
- Sometimes it is individual men like Saul, Solomon, Sennacherib, Herod, Ananias, etc.
- Every man will give an individual accounting after death (Heb 9:27; Eccl 12:13-14).
God Expects Details
- Ask Cain, Moses, Nadab, Abihu, Achan, David, Uzzah, Uzziah if God exalts details.
- While the authority figures you know may give partial credit for failure, God does not.
- There are benefits to knowing, embracing, and remembering His absolute sovereign rule over all.
- If anything less than this sermon is preached, the pastor/church is compromising God’s sovereignty.
- The benefits? Praise, thanksgiving, contentment, submission, dependence, worldview, truth, fear, security, courage, confidence, ridicule, prophecy, humility, and so much more for loving this topic.
For Further Study:
- The Dominion of God (see links at end).
- Right Side Up in an Upside Down World.
- Is Election Fair?
- The Problem of Evil.
- Fulfilled Prophecy.
- Author of Confusion.
- Proverbs 16:4 commentary.
- King of kings.