Object lesson of an earthen lesson never changes whether it is applied to Israel or to the Gentiles. Universal lessons when taught by the Spirit are consistent but these have their own coloring according to the context. A vessel is a physical object chosen by God and Jeremiah had to establish its significance accordingly. So God commanded him to go into the entry of the east gate leading to the valley ‘Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee (v.10)’, His words were primarily for those who accompanied him which represented the whole nation. The judgment on them and reasons were to be said and it were as commanded by Lord God in person. So the Spirit sets object lesson and also the context and words that God have pronounced. Continuing from the previous post judgment on the Valley of Hinnom, it is similar to other places where God’s judgment fell. Consider this verse,”the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified (Re.11:8-ESV)”. How would Sodom stand cheek by jowl as it were, with Jerusalem or Egypt? The significance is on the clause ‘where their Lord was crucified.’ Jesus died for the sins of mankind and hence the Spirit by law of gradation draws any place on earth as having bearing of the Atonement offered by Jesus Christ. The White Throne judgment is on the world on the basis of what God the Son fulfilled. Potters wheel is how symbolism of the Spirit refers to the Will of God. The object lesson of the earthen vessel in terms of symbol is similar to the pitchers Gideon’s army broke before they joined the battle (Jud.7:19-21). Thus judgment on Israel while it has a historical basis, must draw our attention to it in larger context. Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, every one us must break the hold of flesh on us as Prophet Jeremiah was asked to do.
The object lesson of potter’s vessel becomes universal lesson because God the Son serves as fulfillment aspect in the Father Son relationship. The Spirit in setting the narrative body Scripture resorts to symbolism so it is instruction for righteousness. Besides he leads us into truth. He is the Spirit of truth. So entire scripture shall have the three fold significance and Jesus Christ as the focus.
Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,
3 And say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.
9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord‘s house; and said to all the people,
15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.,