“There’s A Lid For Every Pot” -OR- No Crack Pots In The Master’s Hand.
Let God weigh me in honest scales and He will know that I am blameless–Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
(Job 31:6 l, Psalm 62:9, Proverbs 16:2)
When you belong to God and allow His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into His Truth and come to know Him as Faithful, you are no longer mere Dust in the Wind.
We are all vessels created by the Master craftsman for His glory
and He has set us within time, as it were “within His public dining rooms” —
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD. “I have chosen you as My servant so that you can know and believe in Me and understand that I am the One who did this.
No god was formed before Me, and there will be none after Me“.– so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
“See now that I Myself am He! There is no god besides Me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of My hand.”
Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 41:20, Deuteronomy 32:39
“You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides Him there is no other. Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD–with the first of them and with the last–I am He.”
-Deuteronomy 4:35, Isaiah 41:4
“Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” -Isaiah 44:8
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men. it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table.
Then when your host sees you, he will come and say,
‘Friend, we have a better place for you!‘
Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.
Proverbs 25:6-7, Luke 14:10
The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility. – Proverbs 15:33
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness–so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:16, 1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 3:17
Containers of God’s Grace
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2 Corinthians 9:8, Ephesians 2:10
This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.” It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
-Zechariah 7:9, Isaiah 42:1, John 6:63
Can not the Master of the House arrange the room and its furnishings to serve His purposes as He wills?
There are many types of cups even as the body has many members each with its specific function according to His purpose. There is but only one head and each serves one another in His love under His direction and authority. We build up one another in His love so fulfilling His will.
In Ancient Greece, there was a variety of vessels–
kylix (basic cup), palm cups (can’t easily be set down),
kantharos (high-handle cup), skyphos (deep cup, “Spartan” cup). For handling wine: oinochoe (wine pitcher), krater (water-wine mixer, held cooling agent),
psykter (wine-cooler, held the wine), rhyton in use (animal head) (aerater), strainers (remove gunk)
The psykter was a mushroom-shaped vase used as a wine cooler, either lidless and without handles or with a lid fitted to a flanged mouth and small tubes on the shoulder to accommodate strings for carrying the vase, or, possibly tying on the lid.
The name “psykter” from Ancient Greek derives from its function. Its peculiar form allowed the pskyter to folat in a krater–the stem acting like the keel of a boat–but it could stand firmly on its base, too.
The psykter held the undiluted wine and the krater held the cooling agent (either cold water or snow). The wine was then hand-ladled from the psykter into an oinocoe or a kylix.
When disturbed by a ladle as it floated in a krater, the psykter must have bobbed and turned so that all sides were seen. Taking this into account, the vase-painter did not frame the pictures on the psykter in separate panels. The images continue uninterrupted around the vase.
Reviving the heart of man!
A body that doesn’t breathe is dead. In the same way faith that does nothing is dead. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers righteousness on you. They waited for Me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.
Hosea 10:12, Job 29:23
Submit to God’s royal son, or He will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities–for His anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in Him! But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. – Psalm 2:12 Psalm 5:11
Just as the grapes would have been “kissed” by the sun–
In God’s great love in Christ Jesus, His unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! (Psalm 85:10) The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes His sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust. So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
Matthew 5:44-45, Philippians 2:15
They don’t say to themselves, ‘We should fear the LORD our God. He sends rain at the right time, the autumn rain and the spring rain. He makes sure that we have harvest seasons.’ But He never left them without evidence of Himself and Gis goodness. For instance, He sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.
Jeremiah 5:24, Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming.
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
Acts 14:17, James 5:7, Leviticus 26:4, Deuteronomy 11:14,
Psalm 149:2, Isaiah 12:2
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. People of Zion, be glad and find joy in the LORD your God. The LORD has given you the Teacher of Righteousness. He has sent the autumn rain and the spring rain as before. I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let’s learn about the LORD. Let;s get to know the LORD. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground. He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
(Psalm 4:7 – Joel 2:23 – Leviticus 26:4 – Psalm 149:2 – Hosea 6:3 -Psalm 72:6 – Isaiah 12:2)
Just as the Ancient Greeks used the psykter as a vessel for cooling wine, the psykter which contained the undiluted wine was put into the krater which held the chilled water or snow, the name “psykter” drived from Ancient Greek for “to cool.”
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? Romans 9:21
How horrible it will be for the one who quarrels with his maker.
He is pottery among other earthenware pots. Does the clay ask the one who shapes it, ‘What are you making?‘; Does your work say to you, ‘There are no handles?‘ Isaiah 45:9
No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, ‘Why have you made me like this?‘ Everyone who lives on earth is nothing compared to Him. He does whatever He wishes with the army of heaven and with those who live on earth. There is no one who can oppose Him or ask Him, ‘What are you doing?’
Romans 9:20 – Daniel 4:35
What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath–prepared for destruction? Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
Romans 9:22 – Romans 14:4 – 2 Timothy 2:20
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me?‘ Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing?‘ Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’ For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? – Isaiah 29:16 Ecclesiastes 8:4 Isaiah 14:27
He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust. Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Before Him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing. ‘Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?’
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. Yet, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
(Psalm 103:14 Isaiah 40:15 Isaiah 40:17 Isaiah 43:13 Genesis 3:19
Isaiah 64:8 Psalm 39:4 Psalm 78:39)
All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return–to the One who remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:20 Psalm 136:23
…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man’s life is but a breath. There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Psalm 33:11 Psalm 39:5 Proverbs 21:30
Recently a person held in the bondage of Satan described me as “psycho“. Instead of taking offense and giving the accuser of
the brethren an opportunity to strike me, I turned the other cheek
and sought the Lord and this is what He showed me that words today
are spoken with no thought as to what they represent and in (thinking) he cursed me, he in fact spoke aright concerning God’s purpose in creating my function in the body of Christ.
Greek, combining form of psȳchḗ breath, spirit, soul, mind; akin to psȳ́chein to blow
A wine jar with an ovoid body tapering at the neck, set on a high foot: used for cooling wine.
A psykter is a type of Greek pot that is characterized by a bulbous body set on a high, narrow foot. It was used as a wine cooler. The psykter would be filled with wine, and then be placed in a krater full of cold water or ice. The name seems appropriate, as its purpose is for cooling wine – such vessels of original form and with a hollow stand were filled with water and placed in the crater with wine. The psykter (compare Greek ‘psuchein‘ – ‘to cool‘) is a distinctive mushroom-shaped vessel that provided a means of cooling wine. It is depicted placed within kraters, and those that are decorated sometimes play on the fact that that they would be seen half-immersed.
The term ‘krater‘ suggests a mixing-vessel (compare Greek ‘kerannumi‘ – ‘to mix‘), and we know that the wine served at the symposium was mixed with water. On vases decorated with symposium-scenes, a large open container with a foot is often depicted, and the name krater is appropriate. Examples can be traced back to the large Geometric examples that were used as grave-markers, and this funerary connection continues to be important. Excavations of burial-sites have shown that they could be used in Greek settlements overseas as containers of ashes. In the Athenian repertoire, there are four main types identified today: column-, volute-, calyx- and bell-. The psykter is a short-lived shape, used to cool the liquid. It is discussed here because it is often shown being used in kraters.
Lastly and not least in importance was the fact that the psykter set in the krater.
To put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table. To place in a particular position or posture. To place in some relation to something or someone: We set a supervisor over the new workers. To put into some condition: to set a house on fire.
“It really is true to say, “I cannot live a holy life,” but you can decide to let Jesus Christ make you holy. “You cannot serve the Lord . . .”— but you can place yourself in the proper position where God’s almighty power will flow through you. Is your relationship with God sufficient for you to expect Him to exhibit His wonderful life in you? If we really believed that God meant what He said, just imagine what we would be like! Do I really dare to let God be to me all that He says He will be? -Oswald Chambers
“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” -Judges 7:20
Gideon ordered his men to do two things:
covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”
This is precisely what all Christians must do.
First, you must shine; break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine. Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus. Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified.
Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears. Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”
God must do it, it is His own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used”The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!“
If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”
We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in His name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign for ever and ever.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS AND PRAISE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. -MATTHEW 5:14, 16
Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” -Job 40:2
Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly. -John 7:24
For we walk by faith and not by sight for appearances are deceiving
and can mislead us astray from the pure undefiled way of God in the
faithful validity of His Word. When we place our faith in God’s
Word sent to us (Christ Jesus), we are positioned far above every other name whether on earth or in heaven and like the disciples on
the stormy sea, nothing can stop God’s Word from coming to pass for nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. If we will not only hear but do what God says and not relying on all that is fleeting and transitory in feeling and sensations, God’s Word works in and through us.
The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of Your hands. -Psalm 138:8
Special thanks to:
“Understanding Greek Vases: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques”
By Andrew J. Clark, Maya Elston, Mary Louise Hart