2 Corinthians 4:7 – Treasures in Clay Jars

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).

One year as a visual aid for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), I used the ‘treasure in clay jars’ Scripture to show my children how they are a clay jar with ‘spiritual treasures’ hiding inside.  Just as the sukkot (temporary dwelling) we built were always kind of bland on the outside, our decorations on the inside made each sukkah unique and special.

On the first day of Sukkot, we made our clay jar.   When they were dry, we painted them our favorite colors and wrote our names on them.  We did not put a luster finish on them so they would remain dull.

As each day progressed during the week of Tabernacles, we looked up Scriptures and wrote our favorites on pieces of paper.  We would discuss each Scripture and how to apply them to our lives as a clay jar. When we were done, we put ‘our treasures’  into our handmade, painted clay jar. 

Adam, the first clay jar

Adam was made from the dust of the earth; Eve from a flesh portion of his body.  In essence, Adam and Eve and all their human descendants are clay jars.  YHVH breathed His breath of life, His Ruach, into them so they had the treasure of His life breath within them.

“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in 1947.  The scrolls which contained the ancient manuscripts of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Samuel, Judges, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Psalms were all preserved in clay jars.

“Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll” (Psalm 40:7).

“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness” (Isaiah 30:8)

“But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge” (Daniel 12:4).


Yeshua was and is the Word of God who became flesh and lived among humanity for a time.  He was the visible image of the invisible God or the image of God, the Father in a ‘clay jar.’

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men,  a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3).

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:5-7).

Temples of the Holy Spirit

When we are born again, we become Temples of the Holy Spirit, new creations with a new purpose. The Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, now lives in a temple made of clay or a ‘clay jar.’

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

As temples where the Holy Spirit lives, we are to bear fruit.  This fruit can be spiritual as in Galatians 5:24 or physical as in ‘righteous acts of the saints’ (Revelation 19:8).

There are many good ‘fruit’ verses.  For example there is ‘fruit in keeping with repentance’ (Luke 3:8), trees that are recognized by their fruit – good trees bear good fruit (Luke 6:43-44) and the fruit of remaining in Yeshua (John 15).

Fill your clay jars with your favorite Scripture  and fruits until it is full of personal ‘treasures.’  Make use of Scriptures from both testaments:

“For every teacher of the  law (Torah) who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.

Memorize the verses in your clay jar to make them your own so you truly have ‘Treasures in Clay Jars.”

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