There is a scripture many read and enjoy the story behind it. But when you find yourself playing a major role in its reenactment, the joy often turns to confusion or even anger.
Malachi 3:3 is that scripture. It is another description of Yeshua.
The verse says: He will sit as a Refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Our focus this week is on Yeshua, our Refiner.
The word REFINER looks like this: It is Strong’s #6884 – tsaraph a primitive root; to fuse (metal), i.e. refine (literally or figuratively):—cast, (re-) fine(-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.
When we look at the letters and their meanings from right to left we find:
Tzade 90 = Humility. Picture-Fishhook. Means: Righteousness, to pull toward, Desire, Trouble, Harvest
Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
Pey 80 = New Governmental Order. Means: Mouth, to Speak, Open or Beginning.
Yeshua’s Desire is that we live in Righteousness. He is our Head and in the refining process, He Speaks into our lives a New Governmental Order—(Kingdom living) that gives us a new Beginning.
Once a woman wondered about this verse in Malachi and wanted to know more about a refiner of silver. She found a silversmith and went to his shop to watch the process.
As she watched the silversmith, he held the piece of silver over the fire. “I have to hold the piece of silver in the middle of the fire where the flames are hottest,” he said, “in order to burn away all the impurities,”
She was puzzled as the silversmith held the silver over the fire and watched it the entire time. “If the piece of silver is left in the fire for too long, it will be destroyed,” he told her as he continued to gaze at the silver.
“How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” she asked. The silversmith smiled at her and answered, “I know the piece of silver is done when I can see my image in it.”
The process of refining silver is a perfect example of Yeshua’s refining process with us. He will not only put us in the fire put He’ll put us in the very hottest part of the fire for our own good.
Like a piece of silver, going through the fire will burn away all the impurities in our life. But Yeshua doesn’t just throw us in the fire and leave us there to burn. Like a silversmith, Yeshua holds us and watches us the entire time in order to be able to pull us from the fire at the right time so that we won’t be destroyed.
Back in February of this year, I wrote a Monday Manna post on “I Am An All-Consuming Fire.” Yeshua shared this word with me that I am going to repeat here because it mirrors His role as Refiner:
“I am an all-consuming fire. For those I love who need to be cleansed for a greater purpose, I am putting in the fire. Trials bring life. They burn off the dross and reveal the things of greatest value.” He said matter-of-factly.
“Welcome the fire. It is My burning and I am the fire tender.
Your job is to know that I am with you in the fire and I am the Fire. This is not an enemy attack, it is the work of My Spirit to purge and to purify.
Paul and Silas sang in their chains and were set free. The Hebrew children trusted me through the fire, their chains fell away and I brought them out of the fire without even the smell of smoke.
I consumed the rock, the water and the sacrifice of Elijah before the prophets of Baal. Fire is My hallmark.
I sent tongues of fire at Pentecost and they ignited the world for My glory and My Kingdom.
Let the fire burn and praise Me in the fire.”
If you find yourself in a fiery time of testing or trial, here are some scriptures that may help you keep your eyes on Yeshua and even rejoice in the midst.
Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you”
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 hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
1 Peter 1:6-8 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
God bless you this week as you focus on His heart of love as our Refiner. May we rejoice in His love as He will not leave us in our mess, but loves us enough to correct and lead us to a greater good.