Broken Like Pieces of Pottery

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Perhaps you’ve dropped a dish or glass and watched in horror as it shattered at your feet. Several years ago, Pilot gave me a beautiful handmade tea cup with infuser, lid, and saucer to celebrate a special award I received.

As you can see from the photo above, I dropped the saucer and it is now in pieces.

The tea cup, infuser, and lid are still perfectly fine, but without the saucer, the set just isn’t the same. Sigh.

Handel’s Messiah is popular during Christmastime with it’s “Hallelujah Chorus”, but the oratorio has many, many other beautiful pieces as well.

One of the songs Pilot enjoys singing is “Thou Shalt Break Them”. A song that references the many scriptures that warn us that those who turn from God will be broken into pieces, just like my saucer.

A previous post I wrote mentioned the prophet Jeremiah, and the fact God is the Potter and we are the clay in his hands. A Potter who will smash those who refuse him.

Reflecting on my broken piece of pottery, I’m continuing that theme, taking the thoughts for today’s post from one of the Messianic Psalms which pointed to Jesus’ kingship.

In twelve short verses Psalm 2 speaks of the folly of men who think they can plot and conspire against God. To which the One enthroned in heaven laughs. Then he rebukes them in his anger, saying he has installed his King, his Son, as ruler over all nations for all time.

His kingdom will never end. Jesus will rule the nations with an iron scepter. He will dash them to pieces like pottery.

The Psalm continues to warn the kings and rulers to be wise. To serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Honor the Son. Serve him only. For he will destroy those who continue in their evil ways and refuse to follow him.

The Psalm does not leave us without hope, however.

It ends by telling us blessed are all who take refuge in the King of kings and LORD of lords.

Jesus Christ. The Divine Ruler who has the authority to leave us broken like pieces of pottery.

As God warned the rulers and kings, he warns us.

Serve his Son, and him only. Or end up shattered into broken pieces like my saucer.

Do you have a favorite song from Handel’s Messiah?

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You will smash them with an iron rod and shatter them like dishes of clay. ”Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. Psalms 2:9-11 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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