In this passage, Jeremiah is instructed to visit the potter's house as an analogy for how God relates to His creation. The main message is that God has the freedom to respond to His creation in relationship. Because He is sovereign, He is free to change His mind in response to people's attitudes toward Him. The message to Israel is that He is planning discipline for them. The message to us is that God treats us more than fairly, using His sovereignty to respond to us in relationship.
The book of Jeremiah gives us a raw and rich portrait of the life of Jeremiah. It provides us with a rare example of the interior life of a prophet. As we study it, we will be encouraged to experience honestly the circumstances that we are facing by Jeremiah's stark honesty. We will be given hope as we see the stark picture of a painful reality into which God promises redemption. But most of all, we will see how God works through failure and be encouraged that God will work in the midst of the failure of this world and through our personal failures.