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Treasure in Plastic Bottles 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Treasure in Plastic Bottles

It's not the messenger, but the message, that deserves our attention. So, be humble.

At a Glance

We begin with the earthen pots to which the apostle Paul must have been referring in today's text. These amphorae were as ubiquitous as today's plastic bottles. But Paul says that in these clay pots we call our mortal bodies, we hold a treasure. And therein lies the lesson for today

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For material based on today's OT text, see "Hear the Vision?," January 19, 1997, at

Amphorae. They were the mass-market beverage containers of the ancient world -- distinctive, two-handled clay jars used by Greek and Roman merchants to transport wine. Some amphorae were glazed and intricately decorated, intended for use by the upper classes. Most were not, having been fashioned from plebeian red clay.

The typical amphora when full weighed about 100 pounds. Sailors would stack them by the dozens in the holds of their ships, lacing ropes through the twin handles to stabilize them in rough seas.

Once the amphorae had been delivered to their destination and their ...

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