Honorable Wood

Paul reminds Timothy that in the Father’s house there are varied vessels, all created for honorable service

2 Tim. 2: 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

Over the years it’s been my perspective to view the wood and clay as vessels of “dishonor”.  Now I’m not certain that’s what the apostle had in mind.  Wood and clay have function in any “great house”, even if they’re coved with gold and silver, they are what give form for the precious metals to radiate.

Could he be speaking in reference to prominence and visibility in speaking of honor and dishonor?  Without the wood, there would be no fire to provide radiance for more visible vessels.  Without the clay how would the Master drink or eat?

Honorable vessels, whether wood, clay, gold or silver are those that fulfill their function and destiny.

Even honorable wood!