Being marred (which implies to be injured, impaired, imperfect, spoiled, or blemished) is in a sense being broken,( which carries with it the thought of shattered, cracked, crushed, and defeated with adjectives like “out of order”, “not working”, “useless”, Etc.) In Jeremiah 18:1-11 God sent the prophet to the potters house where he would receive an “object lesson” concerning Israel (and by extension all mankind). Here he observes the potter making a vessel of clay that became marred in his hand, so he presses that clay back into a lump, perhaps kneading it a little more, and fashions it into another vessel that was good, perfect, and unblemished. An absolutely beautiful picture of humanity, made by the hand of God, but became marred and broken by sin; yet at great cost to Himself, God the potter, through Jesus Christ, takes that same lump of clay, remolds, and reshapes it into another vessel that is perfect in His sight. This beautiful picture is portrayed in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” This newness is obtained only in Christ, “…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:4-10. If you have not given your life fully into His hands I plead with you to do so today; be one of the “many” that “received Him” and “become children of God”, John 1:12.
By Rose Hill
As a broken vessel in the potters hand,
I am submitted to His command.
He took the things that hindered away,
And is starting anew with pure clay.
Now His perfect handiwork in me,
Produce a vessel for all to see.
From the past I am set free,
Jesus now lives His life through me.
Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Co. used by permission.