But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen pots, the work of a potter’s hands!
So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.
Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter” – the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.
There are many reasons for naming this blog “I Am Thou Art.” It is a play on words.
- First, “I Am” is God’s name, as spoken by Him in Exodus. ”Thou Art” in the King James Version of the Bible is a way of saying, “You are…” So, in the first sense, the blog name simply means, “God, you are…” as in “God, you are holy” or “God, you are worthy to be praised” or “God, you are…all the things you’ve shown us you are in the Bible.”
- The second play on words is that “I am,” literally “I, me, myself – is, are, am” and “Thou art” – or properly, “THY art.” In other words, “God, I am your artwork. I am your handiwork. I am the clay, you are the potter. I was created in your image. You formed me and shaped me in my mother’s womb.”
- The third play on words is this. “I Am” meaning God, “Thou Art” (or rather, “THY art”) and followed by “is…” In other words, “God, your art is…the beauty of the earth. God, your art is shaping this world, guiding men’s destinies, revealing yourself to us.”
- Also, “I Am, Thou Art” is the Bible, is found in the stories, in the lessons, in the morals of the Bible. Is in your salvation in the Bible, your Son, Jesus, the cross, and resurrection. The entire Bible is literally God’s artwork, painted through history to guide countless generations of men to Him.
- Also, “I Am, Thou Art” is worked together for the good of those who love Him, even through ugly, sinful situations, like the betrayal of Judas, which was prophesied by Zechariah some six hundred plus years before the fact (thirty pieces of silver in the potter’s house). God’s art is literally arranging even horrible events throughout history into the timeline of his grace so that beauty can flow from tragedy.
- “I Am Thou Art” = “God you are…everything wonderful.”
- “I am Thou art” = “God, I am, and we are, your handiwork, to be molded, and formed into your image.”
- “I Am, Thou art” = ”God, your art is visible in all physical aspects of this world, in all circumstances and events throughout history, and found prominently displayed in the Bible.”