Today’s Reading: Judges 7-9:21
Today we read about a cracked pot. Note, he was a cracked pot, not a crackpot. Do you know the difference? Let’s start by making sure we know what a crackpot is.
Crackpots are people who come up with crazy ideas. Mostly we think of people who have been called by one of the following names or euphemisms:
- They have a few screws loose.
- They are a few bricks shy of a full load.
- They are batty or loony.
- They are nut cases.
- They are five cans short of a six-pack.
- They are not firing on all cylinders.
- They are an olive short of a pizza.
- They are four quarters short of a dollar.
- They have a screw loose.
- They are mad as hatter.
- They are mad as a monkey on a trike.
- They lost their marbles.
- They belong in the booby hatch.
As fun as it is too search the internet for euphemisms for being crazy, I think it is time to move on. If you want to read some longer lists here is one that is British oriented .
Today’s story is not about a crazy guy, it is about a guy who is liked a cracked pot. He is a broken individual, cast aside. The Bible is filled with stories of cracked pots that were tossed aside or thrown out who ultimately ended up being highly used of God. Early in our reading we read about a boy who was hated so much by his brothers that they sold him into slavery to ger rid of him. He ended up in a foreign land, later jail and finally was used of God to became a great leader in Egypt. He ends up helping Egypt and his family survive 7 years of famine. He was cast aside but used by God. Also in January while reading Exodus, we read about a baby boy who was put in a basket to float down a river to an uncertain future. He grew up to lead Israel out of slavery and to the Promised Land. Just 11 days ago we read about Rahab (See my post: Wonderful Grace of Jesus from March 23rd) who was a prostitute, helped the spies, was used of God and ended up in the Hall of Fame of Faith (Hebrews 11).
Today, if we had a “Cracked Pot” Hall of Fame right next door to our “Ja, Ja Maar” Hall of fame we could add Jephthah to the halls of memory. Why? Jephthah was the son of a prostitute who was kicked out of his home by the legitimate sons of his mother and their father. He was disgraced and ashamed because of the sins of his mother.
Judges 11:1 – 2 (NLT)
1 Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior. He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute. 2 Gilead’s wife also had several sons, and when these half brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah off the land. “You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said, “for you are the son of a prostitute.”
Too often when cracked pots are set aside like that we assume their usefulness has passed them by. We assume they will simply sit on the trash pile waiting to be picked up and thrown in with all the collected trash. Thankfully, God does not deal with us that way. He can used cracked pots. He can use what others thought was useless and trash worthy and turn them into a tool for His will. Just like he used cast aside cracked pots like Joseph, Moses, Rahab and now Jephthah.
Today and tomorrow you will read of how Jephthah was used of God to deliver the people of Israel from their Ammonite oppressors.
Tying this to Easter
In the Bible there are numerous references to a stone that will be rejected and tossed aside that would be later chosen as the cornerstone of the whole building. A stone perceived to not be good enough to be part of a wall will end up being the stone from which the whole buildings foundation is set.
That rejected stone is Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was rejected by the world, cast aside, hung on a cross.
Luke writes in Acts:
Acts 4:11 – 12 (NLT)
11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
That cast aside stone became our Lord and Savior. Tomorrow on Easter morning we will celebrate the stone the builders rejected as our Risen Lord and Savior.