Friday - November 4, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
If you had a treasure, where would you keep it? In a treasure chest? A safety deposit box? Maybe in one of those wall safes behind a painting like you’ve probably seen in a movie? In 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, Paul says that we have a treasure of “the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God” and we keep this treasure in “jars of clay.“ Why would anyone keep something that valuable in something that was so worthless? Before we question Paul, we need to first understand what this passage really means.
If we take the time to think about it, we are the “jars of clay“. In Genesis 2, we read that God made Adam from the dust of the ground. He made us from dirt! The treasure of His light and glory are found in us—Jars of clay! He has placed His light within us so that His glory can shine through us. But how can a light shine if it is placed within a jar? Every human being who has ever lived upon this earth (save Jesus Christ) was, or is, imperfect; making them a broken, cracked, and fractured jar of clay. If you place a light inside a broken, cracked, and fractured jar of clay, the light shines through the cracks. His light and glory is revealed within us through our weaknesses. Paul concludes the verse by saying, “the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us”(2 Corinthians 4:7).
God’s treasure chest is amazing, isn’t it?