In 1947, Bedouin men herding goats in the hills to the west of the Dead Sea entered a cave near Wadi Qumran in the West Bank and stumbled on clay jars filled with leather scrolls. After this initial discovery, treasure hunters and archaeologists went on to find the remains of hundreds of other ancient scrolls.
The excitement of this discovery was due to the greatly preserved pieces of parchment and papyrus. This, in addition to finding the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible, preserved for two thousand years by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves where and the jars they were placed in.
Apparently these were fragments of every book of the Hebrew Bible (except the Book of Esther). What they found was that some of these ancient copies are identical to the traditional text of the Hebrew Bible that is we use today.
What’s even more amazing than all this is the way God sees us in much the same way. We’re compared to jars of clay which although seem weak and fragile, have the ability to hold the powerful and redeeming word of God in us. This in order to not only empower us but more importantly, to empower others.
Read and meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. What are these verses saying to you?
Considering this analogy to jars of clay, how does it make you feel?
Meditate / Make It Real:
How will you be strengthen and encouraged to let God carry out his will in you?
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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