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Refiner’s Fire – Silver

June 9, 2013

A Chunk of Silver, Photo from”Minerals of the World” Project of US Geological Survey and Mineral Information Institute, Source US Federal Govt.

Mentioned in the Book of Genesis, silver has long been prized.  Slag heaps in Anatolia attest that this precious metal has been separated from lead since the Bronze Age.

Refining is the method of removing impurities from the metal.  It is important not to overheat silver in the refining process.  This requires close attention to the molten metal.  While overheating will not destroy silver, it can make the metal unworkable.

Temperatures as high as 1450 degrees Fahrenheit are necessary to vaporize impurities which then form on the surface of the silver as dross.  Purified molten silver will shine with a mirror-like quality when ready to pour.

Refiner’s fire is often used as a metaphor for spiritual purification in the Bible.

David described God as having “tested us…refined us as silver is refined” (Ps. 66: 10).  The prophet, Isaiah, spoke of God as purging out dross, and removing all alloy (Is. 1: 25).  We are told by Malachi that the Messiah in the last days “will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver” (Mal. 3: 3).

In the same way that the silversmith watches over the silver, God watches over us.  However great the burden or sorrow we are called upon to bear, it is not beyond our means with God’s help.  Even broken, our lives are in His hands; can be reshaped and restored beyond our imagining.

I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call on My name, and I will answer them.  I will say, ‘This is My people’: and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God’ ” ( Zech. 13: 9).

Father, You know our individual strengths and weaknesses. You know the burdens each of us carry.

We pray for one another, and for those throughout the world who believe themselves alone in their struggles.  Reach out Your hand, Father, that our burdens may be lifted.  Deepen our faith, that we may know You walk with us.

Purify us from iniquity, Father, but remember how weak we are.  Our lives are in Your hands.  May we reflect the image of Your Son, Jesus.

Amen

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