THE POT CAN’T CALL THE KETTLE BLACK
“For there is no difference between the
Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:12-13).
The pot can’t call the kettle black is an old proverb that is true for a few reasons as it relates to people. It proves how all folks are the same.
First, the pot can’t call the kettle black because both are in a sense, pots. Both are made for the stove to heat stuff. One is not better than the other even though they have slight differences. In a similar way, all people are alike even though we have slight differences in nationality, education, wealth, height, weight, etc., all are still the offspring of God made in his image (Gen.1:26-27; 5:1-2; 9:6; Ps.
Second, the pot can’t call the kettle
black because both have stains. At one time both were shiny and new but later developed black blotches after being burned on the stove. All folks are born into the world “shiny and new” without any
blotches of sin. But as accountable folk we have all sinned through transgression of God’s law (1Jn.3:4; 1Kg.8:46; Eccl.7:20;
Lastly, the pot can’t call the kettle
black because both get dirty and need to be washed. No one can use a dirty pot. They must either be cleaned or thrown away. Likewise, God cannot and will not use people who are dirty in sin (Is.59:1-2). They must obey the cleansing gospel by having faith in what they’ve heard (Rom.1:16-17; 10:17; 1Cor.15:
Richard Steven III