Potter’s Wheel is used in Scripture to represent a creating God. In other words, it highlights the fact that God has unlimited and unrestricted creative abilities, both in what He makes as well as what characteristics He endows His creatures with.
Potter’s Wheel Meaning
The Potter’s Wheel has a symbolism associated with it. He describes the creative activity of God in making things the way He wishes them to be.
God cannot be held responsible for how He makes things. There is no right of a creature to demand or rebuke God for how He made them. God works according to the method that brings glory to Himself, how he decides, and neither man nor angel has the right to rebuke God for anything. Satan will use anything he can to attack the righteousness of God, but Satan has to deal with God as his Creator, and as sure he (being a creature like us) has no authority nor right to tell God He has worked incorrectly.
The no-rebuke and no-complaint points are very important because a creature must accept the will of the Creator for their life. The potter makes one vessel for glory and another for dishonor. For example, one vessel to sit on the table while you eat, and another to wash your backside after going to the bathroom. One light is a chandelier and another one is a hall light for the bathroom at night. That is the decision of the Potter and not the thing created.
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God as Creator are works about God’s bring other things, persons, etc. into existence in the Creation that God has made. This act is God acting as a Creator. God thinks and works holistically. God made man, but God also made animals and plants before he made man so that man could sustain himself by having things to eat. God made man, but God in his wisdom understood that man alone is really boring and depressing, so he made a different kind of “man”, woman. That really livened thing up for man and men!
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Ark of the Covenant
David Cox’s Topical Bible Concordance
Ark of the Covenant.
Dimensions, &c of Ex 25:10; 37:1
Entirely covered with gold Ex 25:11; 37:2
Surrounded with a crown of gold Ex 25:11
Furnished with rings and staves Ex 25:12-15; 37:3-5
Tables of testimony alone placed in Ex 25:16,21; 1Ki 8:9,21; 2Ch 5:10; Heb 9:4
Mercy-seat laid upon Ex 25:21; 26:34
Placed in the Holy of Holies Ex 26:33; 40:21; Heb 9:3,4
The pot of manna and Aaron’s rod laid up before Heb 9:4; Ex 16:33,34; Nu 17:10
A copy of the law laid in the side of De 31:26
Anointed with sacred oil Ex 30:26
Covered with the vail by the priests before removal Nu 4:5,6
Was called the
Ark of God. 1Sa 3:3
Ark of God’s strength. 2Ch 6:41; Ps 132:8
Ark of the covenant of the Lord. Nu 10:33
Ark of the testimony. Ex 30:6; Nu 7:89
A symbol of the presence and glory of God Nu 14:43,44; Jos 1:6; 1Sa 14:18,19; Ps 132:8
Esteemed the glory of Israel 1Sa 4:21,22
Was holy 2Ch 35:3
Sanctified its resting place 2Ch 8:11
The Israelites enquired of the Lord before Jos 7:6-9; Jdj 20:27; 1Ch 13:3
By priests of Levites alone. De 10:8; Jos 3:14; 2Sa 15:24; 1Ch 15:2
Before the Israelites in their journeys. Nu 10:33; Jos 3:6
Sometimes to the camp in war. 1Sa 4:4,5
Profanation of, punished Nu 4:5,15; 1Sa 6:19; 1Ch 15:13
Protecting of, rewarded 1Ch 13:14
Captured by the Philistines 1Sa 4:11
Miracles connected with
Jordan divided. Jos 4:7
Fall of the walls of Jericho. Jos 6:6-20
Fall of Dagon. 1Sa 5:1-4
Philistines plagued. 1Sa 5:6-12
Manner of its restoration. 1Sa 6:1-18
At Kirjath-jearim twenty years 1Sa 7:1,2
Removed from Kirjath-jearim to the house of Obed-edom 2Sa 6:1-11
David made a tent for 2Sa 6:17; 1Ch 15:1
Brought into the city of David 2Sa 6:12-15; 1Ch 15:25-28
Brought by Solomon into the temple with great solemnity 1Ki 8:1-6; 2Ch 5:2-9
A type of Christ Ps 40:8; Re 11:19
Aaron’s rod symbolizes the power of God specifically in the confrontation with a rebellious Israel. What it is is an immediate show of God’s power before the eyes of the people of Israel. From a dead stick, God can cause life to bud forth instantaneously. This is a truth of God seen throughout Scripture.
God did this publically in the early days of the nation of Israel in order to confirm the divine appointment on his chosen men. First of all, it was for them, and cannot be expected that God would always do the same thing, especially in our day. Secondly, it immediately became a symbol of God’s promises to Israel, and it was kept in the ark of the covenant to that end, to remind Israel of God’s faithfulness, and implicitly, Isreal’s unfaithfulness.
Aaron’s Rod. (Num 17:1-13 and Heb 9:4): Immediately after the incidents connected with the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram against the leadership of Moses and the priestly primacy of Aaron (Nu 16), it became necessary to indicate and emphasize the Divine appointment of Aaron. Therefore, at the command of Yahweh, Moses directs that twelve almond rods, one for each tribe with the prince’s name engraved thereon, be placed within the Tent of the Testimony. When Moses entered the tent the following day, he found that Aaron’s rod had budded, blossomed and borne fruit, “the three stages of vegetable life being thus simultaneously visible.” When the miraculous sign was seen by the people, they accepted it as final; nor was there ever again any question of Aaron’s priestly right. The rod was kept “before the testimony” in the sanctuary ever after as a token of the Divine will (Num 17:10). The writer of Hebrews, probably following a later Jewish tradition, mentions the rod as kept in the Holy of Holies within the ark (Heb 9:4; compare 1Ki 8:9). See PRIEST, III.
Gems found in great abundance in Spain, which represent a human body, with the head of a cock and the feet of a reptile. They have often the inscription Abrasax, or Abraxas in Greek characters, which is supposed, however, to be Persian or Egyptian origin. According to Bellerman, they belonged to the religious sect of the Basilidians, and were used partly as means for teaching secret doctrines, partly as symbols, and partly as amulets or talismans. The name is also given to those stones which bear the emblems of Sahaeism. Dr. Neander, of Berlin, has wrtiten an interesting dissertation on the subject.