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Isaiah 45:9 - Exposition

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive, etc.; rather, woe unto him that striveth with his Maker , a potsherd among potsherds of the ground : All men are equally made of "the dust of the ground" ( Genesis 2:7 ). Israel has no prerogative in this respect. He, too, is "a potsherd among potsherds"—day moulded by the potter; no more entitled to lift up his voice against his Maker than the vessel to rebel against the man who shapes it (comp. Isaiah 29:16 ; and see the comment furnished by St. Paul in the Epistle to the Romans 9:20-24 ). What would a man think if the clay that he was fashioning objected to being moulded in a particular form, or if a work that he had made exclaimed, "He is a poor bungler—he hath no hands"? Yet this is what a man does who finds fault with the arrangements of the Almighty.

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