A Pot Among Earthen Pots

Isaiah 45:9-12

“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
    a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
    or ‘Your work has no handles’?
Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
    or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”

Thus says the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
“Ask me of things to come;
    will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?
I made the earth
    and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
    and I commanded all their host.

Before I sat down to write this post I read some commentaries about theses verses, in order to get a better understanding of what Isaiah is saying, and to whom these words are directed.

Isaiah is speaking to the Jews who are grumbling against God.  They are complaining about how God has allowed them to be taken into captivity before sending them salvation.  Some of them are wondering why God didn’t just cut out all the drama and turmoil of being enslaved by foreign invaders and just save them from being captured in the first place.

Some of the commentaries said that these verses are Isaiah prophesying about the coming of Christ to those Jews who don’t find the coming of Christ their idea of a Messiah.  This all leads back to a theme I write about which is man’s expectations of God.

God, the force of God, has made us what we are and everything around us.  We wake each day and throughout the day encounter that which we understand, or we think we understand, but we have no idea why.  We see things that go on in the world that don’t fit our agenda and then question how they could happen.  We then profess we know what should have happened and become the Monday morning quarterback of a game we know nothing about.

“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
    a pot among earthen pots!

Isaiah is telling us, we are just men and women among other men and women.  None of us have the moral authority or high ground over the other.  None of us understand the forces or actions of God.

So to all of us who spend our time judging in accordance with our expectation, well, woe to you.  Great sorrow and distress will you cause to yourself.

The vessel does not form the maker.

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