Saturday, October 11, 2008


   Without repentance, America will face a terrible judgment. And presently, there is no sign of any sorrow and confession of sin. In fact, though people are fearful of the loss of the material, there is no contrition before God for the sin that is compounding and growing even greater by the day.

   Just yesterday the State of Connecticut determined to be the third State to approve same-sex marriages! This is spitting in God's face, turning against Him as the Creator of man and woman! Secular humanism rules in America and no longer the Word of God.   

   Jeremiah 18 makes it clear that God is the Potter and a nation or a kingdom of this world is the clay (v. 7). He told the Jewish people that, "like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel" (v. 6). With a country, God can at any moment uproot, or pull it down, or destroy it (v. 7). If that nation does evil and not obey His voice "then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it" (v. 10).

   Jeremiah was instructed to speak to the men of Judah and Jerusalem saying: "Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you" (v. 11b). The people were rebelling against the Lord and saying to Him, "It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart" (v. 12).

   God responds with these words of judgment: My people have forgotten Me. They have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to make their land a desolation, an object of perpetual hissing. They answered back: "Let us give no heed to any of Jeremiah's words" (v. 18).

   The Jewish Rabbis rightly conclude:

God disposes absolutely of the destinies of Israel and every other nation, in the same way that the potter does whatever he pleases with the clay. This is true notwithstanding previous predictions of blessings or disaster, because such are always conditional: the blessings will be forfeited if the people become unworthy of them, while the disaster may be averted if the people repent in time.

   On the eve of the Day of Atonement the Jews read this liturgical poem:

Lo! As the potter moulds the soft clay to display, to form his varying fancy; So in Thy hand, O God of love, are we: Thy bond we must regard, please let our sin be veiled, be covered from Thee!

—Dr. Mal Couch