From September 10th, 2018 to September 29th, 2019, the Hebraic calendar enters the year of 5779, also called the year of Ayin Tet. “Tet” or the number 9 illustrates a clay pot that contains good things. Often times, it used to store seeds.
2 Corinthians 4:7, “ But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Here it says our body is a vessel and when we believe in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of the Lord, will be within us – this means something good is within us. We need to realize that we are fragile vessels. But, because the Holy Spirit is within us, we have become a new creation. The old has passed, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” How many people believe that the Holy Spirit is within us? If we believe, then we are people who have been freed. Freed from what? From sin, the evil power, worldly pleasures and fleshy desires. When we are free, WE ARE CONQUERORS!
Through the story of Gideon, the Lord chose 300 soldiers of Gideon from 32,000. When they went into battle, there were three things they had to bring: trumpets, clay pots, and torch. Trumpet symbolizes prayer, praise and worship in unity day and nihght. This is the restoration of the Tabernacle of David. In order for the sound of the trumpet to be effective, the Lord asks for the clay pots to be broken. When the clay pots are broken, the torch lights up; and this light speaks about Jesus.
Clay pots speak about us. For us to have an effective praise and worship, the clay pots have to be broken first so that the light, which is Christ, can be revealed. It is not about us, but it is about Him. Less of us and more of Him. We have to be ready to be processed by the Lord because we have been chosen since the beginning of time to be like His image. It is not easy because as human beings, we are not willing. But if you want to increase and to be like His image, whether you want it or not, you have to go through this. Amen! God bless
Source: Sermon of Pst. Niko Njotorahardjo, article from GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta