In 2001, when the Holy Spirit urged my husband and me to build a website designed to explain what Scripture was really all about, and to lead Jews to Yeshua and Christians to Torah, we had no clue what to call this website. We did know, however, that we wanted YHWH (Hebrew: - most likely pronounced "Yah=way") to be involved in every detail, right down to the name of the website. And so we prayed about it.
Almost immediately, a Messianic song we knew, entitled, "Refiner's Fire" kept popping into my mind; and, at the same time, a certain e-mail kept reappearing in our e-mail inbox. It was called "Refining Silver" and its meaning, though simple, was extremely powerful. In short, it is a quick lesson on how a silversmith refines silver - a lesson that can be applied to the many ways YHWH "refines" His own Creations:
Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city
to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of
conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they
came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: "And He
shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." One lady's
opinion was that is was intended to convey the view of the
sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then she proposed
to visit a silversmith and report to them what he said on the
She went accordingly and without telling the
object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining
silver, which he fully described to her. "But Sir" she said, "do
you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes,
madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily
fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be
exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be
The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too,
of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver." Christ sees it needful to put His children into a
furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and
His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them.
Their trials do not come at random; "the very hairs of your head
are all numbered."
As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith
called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the
only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete
when he sees his own image reflected in the silver....
As YHWH's Creations, most of us have gone through
"fire" in one way or another and, hopefully, we learned from the
experience. Through our trials and tribulations, rough edges were
smoothed and sharp edges were sluffed off, until we more closely
resembled what we were meant to be.
God allows us to go through hard times so that we
may grow and become smooth and shiny. His goal is for us to
become a reflection of Him that not only He can see, but also so others can see Him in us.
The sooner we realize that, the quicker we become a
valuable member of the Family of God....
A few scriptures referring to "refining fire":
Zechariah 13:2 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like the soapmaker's lye. 3 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to ADONAI uprightly.
Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name, and I will answer them; I will say, It is My people; and they shall say, Yahweh my Elohim is my Elohim.
Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like the soapmaker's lye. 3 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to ADONAI uprightly.
Isaiah 48:10 "Look, I have refined you, but not [as severely] as silver; [rather] I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Job 23:10 Yet he knows the way I take; when he has tested me, I will come out like gold. 11 My feet have stayed in his footsteps; I keep to his way without turning aside. 12 I don't withdraw from his lips' command; I treasure his words more than my daily food.