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(src)="1"> 1 Appreciating Jehovah as Our Potter
(trg)="1"> 1 Appreciating Jehovah as Our Potter

(src)="2"> 2 Do You Let the Great Potter Mold You ?
(trg)="2"> 2 Do You Let the Great Potter Mold You ?

(src)="3"> Pottery is a craft in which the artisan works very closely with his material .
(trg)="3"> Pottery is a craft in which the artisan works very closely with his material .

(src)="4"> In these two articles , we will see how Jehovah fulfills his role as “ our Potter ” and what we must do in order to be like soft clay in his hands .
(trg)="4"> In these two articles , we will see how Jehovah fulfills his role as “ our Potter ” and what we must do in order to be like soft clay in his hands .

(src)="5"> 3 “ Jehovah Our God Is One Jehovah ”
(trg)="5"> 3 “ Jehovah Our God Is One Jehovah ”

(src)="6"> In what ways is Jehovah our God “ one Jehovah ” ?
(trg)="6"> In what ways is Jehovah our God “ one Jehovah ” ?

(src)="7"> How does that affect our relationship with him and with fellow worshippers ?
(trg)="7"> How does that affect our relationship with him and with fellow worshippers ?

(src)="8"> In today’s diversified and multicultural world , we must understand what Jehovah requires of us so that we can have him as “ our God . ”
(trg)="8"> In today’s diversified and multicultural world , we must understand what Jehovah requires of us so that we can have him as “ our God . ”

(src)="9"> 4 Do Not Let the Faults of Others Stumble You
(trg)="9"> 4 Do Not Let the Faults of Others Stumble You

(src)="10"> All humans have faults that can hurt others .
(trg)="10"> All humans have faults that can hurt others .

(src)="11"> What Bible examples can help us understand how we should react when the words or deeds of others hurt us ?
(trg)="11"> What Bible examples can help us understand how we should react when the words or deeds of others hurt us ?

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(src)="1"> “ O Jehovah , . . . you are our Potter ; we are all the work of your hand . ” ​ — ISA .
(trg)="1"> “ O Jehovah , . . . you are our Potter ; we are all the work of your hand . ” ​ — ISA .

(src)="2"> 64 : 8 .
(trg)="2"> 64 : 8 .

(src)="3"> SONGS : 120 , 26
(trg)="3"> SONGS : 11 , 26

(src)="4"> how Jehovah chooses those whom he will mold ?
(trg)="4"> how Jehovah chooses those whom he will mold ?

(src)="5"> why Jehovah molds his people ?
(trg)="5"> why Jehovah molds his people ?

(src)="6"> how God molds those who submit to him ?
(trg)="6"> how God molds those who submit to him ?

(src)="7"> Why is Jehovah the greatest Potter ?
(trg)="7"> Why is Jehovah the greatest Potter ?

(src)="8"> IN November 2010 , a bid of nearly 70 million dollars was made in London , England , for an 18th - century Chinese ceramic vase .
(trg)="8"> IN November 2010 , a bid of nearly 70 million dollars was made in London , England , for an 18th - century Chinese ceramic vase .

(src)="9"> Clearly , a potter can turn something as abundant and inexpensive as clay into a beautiful and costly masterpiece .
(trg)="9"> Clearly , a potter can turn something as abundant and inexpensive as clay into a beautiful and costly masterpiece .

(src)="10"> Yet , no human potter can begin to compare with Jehovah .
(trg)="10"> Yet , no human potter can begin to compare with Jehovah .

(src)="11"> Late in the sixth creative day , God fashioned “ out of dust [ clay ] from the ground ” a perfect man and gave him the capacity to reflect his Maker’s qualities .
(trg)="11"> Late in the sixth creative day , God fashioned “ out of dust [ clay ] from the ground ” a perfect man and gave him the capacity to reflect his Maker’s qualities .

(src)="12"> That perfect man , Adam , who was made from the earth was rightly called a “ son of God . ” ​ — Luke 3 : 38 .
(trg)="12"> That perfect man , Adam , who was made from the earth was rightly called a “ son of God . ” ​ — Luke 3 : 38 .

(src)="13"> 2 , 3 .
(trg)="13"> 2 , 3 .

(src)="14"> How can we imitate the attitude of repentant Israelites ?
(trg)="14"> How can we imitate the attitude of repentant Israelites ?

(src)="15"> Adam , however , lost his sonship when he rebelled against his Maker .
(trg)="15"> Adam , however , lost his sonship when he rebelled against his Maker .

(src)="16"> Nonetheless , throughout the generations “ a great cloud ” of Adam’s descendants have chosen to uphold God’s sovereignty .
(trg)="16"> Nonetheless , throughout the generations “ a great cloud ” of Adam’s descendants have chosen to uphold God’s sovereignty .

(src)="17"> By humbly submitting to their Creator , they have demonstrated that they wanted him , not Satan , to be their Father and Potter .
(trg)="17"> By humbly submitting to their Creator , they have demonstrated that they wanted him , not Satan , to be their Father and Potter .

(src)="18"> Their loyalty to God calls to mind Isaiah’s words concerning repentant Israelites : “ O Jehovah , you are our Father .
(trg)="18"> Their loyalty to God calls to mind Isaiah’s words concerning repentant Israelites : “ O Jehovah , you are our Father .

(src)="19"> We are the clay , and you are our Potter ; we are all the work of your hand . ” ​ — Isa .
(src)="20"> 64 : 8 .
(trg)="19"> We are the clay , and you are our Potter ; we are all the work of your hand . ” ​ — Read Isaiah 64 : 8 .

(src)="21"> Today , all who worship Jehovah in spirit and truth endeavor to reflect the same humble , submissive attitude .
(trg)="20"> Today , all who worship Jehovah in spirit and truth endeavor to reflect the same humble , submissive attitude .

(src)="22"> They consider it an honor to address Jehovah as Father and to submit to him as their Potter .
(trg)="21"> They consider it an honor to address Jehovah as Father and to submit to him as their Potter .

(src)="23"> Do you see yourself as soft clay in God’s hands , willing to be molded into a vessel that is desirable in his eyes ?
(trg)="22"> Do you see yourself as soft clay in God’s hands , willing to be molded into a vessel that is desirable in his eyes ?

(src)="24"> Do you similarly see each of your spiritual brothers and sisters as a work in progress , being molded by God ?
(trg)="23"> Do you similarly see each of your spiritual brothers and sisters as a work in progress , being molded by God ?

(src)="25"> To help us in that regard , let us consider three aspects of Jehovah’s work as our Potter : How he chooses those whom he molds , why he molds them , and how he does so .
(trg)="24"> To help us in that regard , let us consider three aspects of Jehovah’s work as our Potter : How he chooses those whom he molds , why he molds them , and how he does so .

(src)="26"> How does Jehovah choose those whom he draws to himself ?
(trg)="25"> How does Jehovah choose those whom he draws to himself ?

(src)="27"> Give examples .
(trg)="26"> Give examples .

(src)="28"> When Jehovah observes humans , he does not pay attention to outward appearances .
(trg)="27"> When Jehovah observes humans , he does not pay attention to outward appearances .

(src)="29"> Rather , he examines the heart , the inner person .
(trg)="28"> Rather , he examines the heart , the inner person .

(src)="30"> ( Read 1 Samuel 16 : 7b . )
(trg)="29"> ( Read 1 Samuel 16 : 7b . )

(src)="31"> This fact was amply demonstrated when God formed the Christian congregation .
(trg)="30"> This fact was amply demonstrated when God formed the Christian congregation .

(src)="32"> He drew to himself and his Son many individuals who from a human standpoint might have seemed to be undesirable .
(trg)="31"> He drew to himself and his Son many individuals who from a human standpoint might have seemed to be undesirable .

(src)="33"> One such person was a Pharisee named Saul ​ — “ a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent man . ”
(trg)="32"> One such person was a Pharisee named Saul ​ — “ a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent man . ”

(src)="34"> “ The examiner of hearts , ” however , did not see Saul as useless clay .
(trg)="33"> “ The examiner of hearts , ” however , did not see Saul as useless clay .

(src)="35"> Instead , God saw that he could be molded into a desirable vessel ​ — in fact , “ a chosen vessel ” to bear witness “ to the nations as well as to kings and the sons of Israel . ”
(trg)="34"> Instead , God saw that he could be molded into a desirable vessel ​ — in fact , “ a chosen vessel ” to bear witness “ to the nations as well as to kings and the sons of Israel . ”

(src)="36"> Others whom God saw as potential vessels “ for an honorable use ” included former drunkards , immoral people , and thieves .
(trg)="35"> Others whom God saw as potential vessels “ for an honorable use ” included former drunkards , immoral people , and thieves .

(src)="37"> As they gained accurate knowledge of God’s Word and expressed faith , they allowed Jehovah to mold them .
(trg)="36"> As they gained accurate knowledge of God’s Word and expressed faith , they allowed Jehovah to mold them .

(src)="38"> 5 , 6 .
(trg)="37"> 5 , 6 .

(src)="39"> How should our trust in Jehovah as our Potter affect our attitude toward ( a ) the people in our territory ?
(trg)="38"> How should our trust in Jehovah as our Potter affect our attitude toward ( a ) the people in our territory ?

(src)="40"> ( b ) our brothers and sisters ?
(trg)="39"> ( b ) our brothers and sisters ?

(src)="41"> How can the foregoing help us ?
(trg)="40"> How can the foregoing help us ?

(src)="42"> Our faith in Jehovah’s ability to read hearts and to draw to himself those whom he chooses should prevent us from judging others , both in our territory and in our congregation .
(trg)="41"> Our faith in Jehovah’s ability to read hearts and to draw to himself those whom he chooses should prevent us from judging others , both in our territory and in our congregation .

(src)="43"> Consider the example of a man named Michael .
(trg)="42"> Consider the example of a man named Michael .

(src)="44"> “ When Jehovah’s Witnesses called on me , ” he recalls , “ I would just turn away and ignore them as if they did not exist .
(trg)="43"> “ When Jehovah’s Witnesses called on me , ” he recalls , “ I would just turn away and ignore them as if they did not exist .

(src)="45"> I was really rude !
(trg)="44"> I was really rude !

(src)="46"> Later , in a different setting , I met a family whom I admired because of their good conduct .
(trg)="45"> Later , in a different setting , I met a family whom I admired because of their good conduct .

(src)="47"> Then one day I received a shock ​ — they were Jehovah’s Witnesses !
(trg)="46"> Then one day I received a shock ​ — they were Jehovah’s Witnesses !

(src)="48"> Their behavior moved me to examine the basis for my prejudice .
(trg)="47"> Their behavior moved me to examine the basis for my prejudice .

(src)="49"> I soon came to the realization that my attitude was based on ignorance and hearsay , not on facts . ”
(trg)="48"> I soon came to the realization that my attitude was based on ignorance and hearsay , not on facts . ”

(src)="50"> To get the facts , Michael accepted a Bible study .
(trg)="49"> To get the facts , Michael accepted a Bible study .

(src)="51"> Later , he came into the truth and entered the full - time service .
(trg)="50"> Later , he came into the truth and entered the full - time service .

(src)="52"> Our accepting Jehovah as our Potter can affect our attitude toward fellow believers too .
(trg)="51"> Our accepting Jehovah as our Potter can affect our attitude toward fellow believers too .

(src)="53"> Do you see your brothers and sisters as God does ​ — not as a finished product , but as a work in progress ?
(trg)="52"> Do you see your brothers and sisters as God does ​ — not as a finished product , but as a work in progress ?

(src)="54"> He can see the inner person as well as the kind of person one can become in his capable hands .
(trg)="53"> He can see the inner person as well as the kind of person one can become in his capable hands .

(src)="55"> Hence , Jehovah takes a positive view of people and does not focus on temporary imperfections .
(trg)="54"> Hence , Jehovah takes a positive view of people and does not focus on temporary imperfections .

(src)="56"> We can imitate him by seeing his servants in a positive light .
(trg)="55"> We can imitate him by seeing his servants in a positive light .

(src)="57"> In fact , we can work along with our Potter by supporting our brothers and sisters as they strive to make spiritual advancement .
(trg)="56"> In fact , we can work along with our Potter by supporting our brothers and sisters as they strive to make spiritual advancement .

(src)="58"> As “ gifts in men , ” the elders ought to take the lead in this regard . ​ — Eph .
(trg)="57"> As “ gifts in men , ” the elders ought to take the lead in this regard . ​ — Eph .

(src)="59"> 4 : 8 , 11 - 13 .
(trg)="58"> 4 : 8 , 11 - 13 .

(src)="60"> Why do you appreciate Jehovah’s discipline ?
(trg)="59"> Why do you appreciate Jehovah’s discipline ?

(src)="61"> You may have heard someone say something like this : ‘ I never fully appreciated the discipline that I received from my parents until I had children of my own . ’
(trg)="60"> You may have heard someone say something like this : ‘ I never fully appreciated the discipline that I received from my parents until I had children of my own . ’

(src)="62"> When we gain more experience in life , we may see discipline in a new light and start to view it as Jehovah does , as a manifestation of love .
(trg)="61"> When we gain more experience in life , we may see discipline in a new light and start to view it as Jehovah does , as a manifestation of love .

(src)="63"> ( Read Hebrews 12 : 5 , 6 , 11 . )
(trg)="62"> ( Read Hebrews 12 : 5 , 6 , 11 . )

(src)="64"> Yes , out of love for his children , Jehovah patiently molds us .
(trg)="63"> Yes , out of love for his children , Jehovah patiently molds us .

(src)="65"> He wants us to be wise and happy and to love him in return .
(trg)="64"> He wants us to be wise and happy and to love him in return .

(src)="66"> He takes no pleasure in our suffering ; nor does he want us to die as “ children of wrath , ” which is the prospect inherited from Adam . ​ — Eph .
(trg)="65"> He takes no pleasure in our suffering ; nor does he want us to die as “ children of wrath , ” which is the prospect inherited from Adam . ​ — Eph .

(src)="67"> 2 : 2 , 3 .
(trg)="66"> 2 : 2 , 3 .

(src)="68"> 8 , 9 .
(trg)="67"> 8 , 9 .

(src)="69"> How is Jehovah teaching us today , and how will this education continue in the future ?
(trg)="68"> How is Jehovah teaching us today , and how will this education continue in the future ?

(src)="70"> As “ children of wrath , ” we once displayed many qualities that displease God , perhaps even some beastlike traits !
(trg)="69"> As “ children of wrath , ” we once displayed many qualities that displease God , perhaps even some beastlike traits !

(src)="71"> Yet , thanks to Jehovah’s molding , we changed ; we became more like lambs .
(trg)="70"> Yet , thanks to Jehovah’s molding , we changed ; we became more like lambs .

(src)="72"> Therefore , the environment in which Jehovah is now molding us is viewed as a spiritual paradise that is presently taking shape .
(trg)="71"> Therefore , the environment in which Jehovah is now molding us is viewed as a spiritual paradise that is presently taking shape .

(src)="73"> We feel safe and secure despite the wicked world around us .
(trg)="72"> We feel safe and secure despite the wicked world around us .

(src)="74"> Moreover , in this setting , those of us who grew up in loveless , dysfunctional families finally experience real love .
(trg)="73"> Moreover , in this setting , those of us who grew up in loveless , dysfunctional families finally experience real love .

(src)="75"> And we have learned to show love to others .
(trg)="74"> And we have learned to show love to others .

(src)="76"> Above all , we have come to know Jehovah and now experience his fatherly love . ​ — Jas .
(trg)="75"> Above all , we have come to know Jehovah and now experience his fatherly love . ​ — Jas .

(src)="77"> 4 : 8 .
(trg)="76"> 4 : 8 .

(src)="78"> In the new world , we will experience to the full the blessings of the spiritual paradise .
(trg)="77"> In the new world , we will experience to the full the blessings of the spiritual paradise .

(src)="79"> Then , our spiritual paradise will have its perfect counterpart ​ — a literal paradise under the rulership of God’s Kingdom .
(trg)="78"> Then , our spiritual paradise will have its perfect counterpart ​ — a literal paradise under the rulership of God’s Kingdom .

(src)="80"> During that time of global restoration , Jehovah will continue to mold earth’s inhabitants , educating them to a degree that we might now find hard to imagine .
(trg)="79"> During that time of global restoration , Jehovah will continue to mold earth’s inhabitants , educating them to a degree that we might now find hard to imagine .

(src)="81"> Furthermore , God will make our minds and bodies perfect , so that we will be able to absorb his teaching and do his will flawlessly .
(trg)="80"> Furthermore , God will make our minds and bodies perfect , so that we will be able to absorb his teaching and do his will flawlessly .

(src)="82"> So let us be determined to continue submitting to Jehovah , showing him that we view his molding as an expression of his love for us . ​ — Prov .
(trg)="81"> So let us be determined to continue submitting to Jehovah , showing him that we view his molding as an expression of his love for us . ​ — Prov .

(src)="83"> 3 : 11 , 12 .
(trg)="82"> 3 : 11 , 12 .

(src)="84"> How did Jesus reflect the Great Potter’s patience and skill ?
(trg)="83"> How did Jesus reflect the Great Potter’s patience and skill ?

(src)="85"> Like a highly skilled potter , Jehovah knows the type and quality of “ the clay ” that is before him , and he molds it accordingly .
(trg)="84"> Like a highly skilled potter , Jehovah knows the type and quality of “ the clay ” that is before him , and he molds it accordingly .

(src)="86"> ( Read Psalm 103 : 10 - 14 . )
(trg)="85"> ( Read Psalm 103 : 10 - 14 . )

(src)="87"> Indeed , he deals with us as individuals , taking into account our particular weaknesses , limitations , and level of spiritual growth .
(trg)="86"> Indeed , he deals with us as individuals , taking into account our particular weaknesses , limitations , and level of spiritual growth .

(src)="88"> His attitude toward imperfect servants was demonstrated by his Son .
(trg)="87"> His attitude toward imperfect servants was demonstrated by his Son .

(src)="89"> Consider how Jesus dealt with his apostles ’ shortcomings , especially their inclination to argue among themselves over position .
(trg)="88"> Consider how Jesus dealt with his apostles ’ shortcomings , especially their inclination to argue among themselves over position .