Bowie Apostolic Church
Days 3 - 5 The Wise, The Clay and the Vine
by From the Pastor's Desk on April 14th, 2013

Day 3: The Little City

Ecclesiastes 9:13 I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. 14 There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. 15 But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 16 But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard. 17 The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. 

Many remember the mighty, but few remember the wise. Unfortunately, wisdom is not marketable for monetary gain and therefore it is under appreciated. The parable goes to show that even a wise deliverer is quickly forgotten. In addition to the deliverer’s wisdom was his poverty. So often the poor and the wise are both overlooked. Both poverty and wisdom can coincide. Being rich is not a guarantee of wisdom anymore than poverty is a guarantee of the absence of wisdom. 

In our society, strength and power are honored and remembered. Many times it is accompanied by fame and fortune. Many times strength and power are not used to protect or deliver, but to intimidate and to acquire possessions to fulfill our own desires. Wisdom with pure motive does not have to intimidate. It delights in the protection of others from future and present harm.

Day 4: The Potter and the Clay

Jeremiah 18:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 

Jeremiah found a great revelation in the parable that was acted out by the potter. There is wisdom to be learned in how God deals with His people. Many times we are in the potter’s hand, but we don’t cooperate with Him. The love of God, however, is displayed in not throwing away the clay. He keeps the clay, reshapes the clay and reworked the clay into a new vessel.

Are we willing to allow God’s process of reshaping to move on our lives?

Day 5: Jerusalem, a Useless Vine

Ezekiel 15:1 And the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, how does the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? 3 Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? 4 Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel. When the fire has consumed both ends of it, and the middle of it is charred, is it useful for anything? 5 Behold, when it was whole, it was used for nothing. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it ever be used for anything! 6 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 7 And I will set my face against them. Though they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, and you will know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them. 8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord GOD.” 

The grapevine is not of much use if it does not bring forth grapes. It is only profitable if it does what it was created to do. It was created to bear fruit. What if we who have been recreated in Christ do not do what we were created to do? What if fruit is not evident in our lives? Cedar can be used to for carpentry, but the vine cannot. Just as the vine cannot be used like the cedar, the child of God cannot be used in any other manner than the original purpose: that purpose is to bring God glory through a prosperity of faith, grace, knowledge and wisdom that only comes from God. If there is no fruit, then being burned is the only use of the vine.

Even though this parable is concerning Jerusalem, this city is a geographical representation of God’s covenant with mankind in general. This parable is a warning to the child of God to be wary about the fruitfulness that their faith can bring in their life. Please make sure that through prayer, study and personal ministry that fruit is evident in your life.

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