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The Potter's Field that Jesus Bought
May 06, 2018      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons


Jonathan recounts Biblical references to the Potter and the Clay, correlating this allegory to the Matthew 13:44 picture of a treasure hidden in a field. Jesus paid the ultimate price for his church, his treasure.

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Notes

Multiple references to Potter and Clay:

Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 29:16 (NIV)
16 You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”?

Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)
9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?

WHY?
1) It is a helpful allegory that reveals the error and futility in human thinking - that we would bring wisdom or direction to the Lord.
2) It helps us to rest secure in His sovereign hands.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NIV)
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”
3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me.
6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

Remade / Repurposed / Restored

Zechariah 11:4-13 (NIV)
4 This is what the Lord my God says: “Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.
5 Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Praise the Lord, I am rich!’ Their own shepherds do not spare them.
6 For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” declares the Lord. “I will give everyone into the hands of their neighbors and their king. They will devastate the
land, and I will not rescue anyone from their hands.”
7 So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock.
8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them
9 and said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.”
10 Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations.
11 It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the Lord.
12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.
13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.

(vs 7-8) Jesus shepherded the flock marked for slaughter
Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus replaced three shepherds at once (Prophet, Priest, King)

(vs 8-16) But the flock deserted Him, and He grew weary of them
Mark 9:19 (NIV)
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?

He said "Let the dying die” (Luke 9:60 - let the dead bury their own dead)

(vs 12) - “Give me my pay” - what you think I’m worth
So they paid me 30 pieces of silver (Slave Price - Exodus 21:32)

(vs 13) Throw it to the Potter - the handsome price (sarcastic) ay which they value Me!
So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord

Matthew 27:3-10 (NIV)
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the. elders.
4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.
8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel,
10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Potters Field = A piece of useless land where a potter threw his broken, damaged, rejected pots.

Who purchased the Potter’s Field?
- Matthew 27 - Religious Leaders
- Acts 1 - Judas
- Jesus Did - With His blood - The Field of Blood”

Matthew 13:44 (NIV)
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Jesus FOUND this field - and in His Joy (for the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame)
He SOLD all that he had access to in the Heavenly realms - and BOUGHT THAT FIELD - with his precious blood

In the world’s terms - not much cost - only the price of a common slave
In Heaven’s terms - the cost cannot be calculated

The POTTERS FIELD - where
- Broken vessels are scattered
- Burial place for foreigners

1 Peter 2:11a (NIV)
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, …

Disciples come to the PLACE OF BURIAL!!
Where our broken lives are LAID DOWN for His GLORIOUS PURPOSES!
- The treasure was His Church - >>> The Image of God

2 Corinthians 4: 5-7 (NIV)
5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Application:
- Jesus forms crackpots into masterpieces
- If you try to find your own way to be useful you’ll never be useful
- In order for Him to start - you must submit to BURIAL in the Potter’s field
- You must Identify “As a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground” (Isaiah 45:9)
- We come with NOTHING except our broken lives - no help needed
- “Woe are those who QUARREL – asking “What are you making with my life?”

Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)
9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?


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