3 Things Jars of Clay Signify
Jars of clay were everyday items that the original audience would have been familiar with. Because of this, here are at least 3 aspects of jars of clays that would have come to mind for 1st-century readers.
Jars of Clay Are Commonplace
From cooking utensils to toilets, jars of clay were part of everyday life during biblical times. The average person probably had multiple jars of clay because of their versatile use in the homes.
They were common items that were made of the most basic material—earth. People from every class of society would have been familiar with and owned the vessels described in 2 Corinthians 4.
Jars of Clay Are Fragile
Jars of clay also signify weakness and fragility. Since their material was inexpensive, they break easily, just as we see with clay jars today.
It wouldn’t take much for a jar to be knocked over and to shatter all over the floor. In fact, in the book of Matthew there is reference to a potter’s field. This would have been a piece of land filled with pieces of clay jars that were discarded after they broke.
Jars of Clay are Made by Hand
In many areas of scripture there is a reference to the potter and the clay. Oftentimes, the authors are reminding their readers that they are the clay in the hands of the potter, being molded and shaped.
That is what God does with his people. He is the potter and we are the clay.
It is never the clay who decides what it will be or is able to turn itself into a masterpiece. The potter is the one who kneads, forms, and shapes the clay into a vessel.
God is the creator and we are the created.
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