Bread – Refined

March 25, 2016


Psalm 12

“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”  Ps. 12:6

I almost called this Bread “Pure,” but the truth is that we have a hard time comprehending what “pure” means, much less coming up with a “pure” example.  We have a saying, “pure as wind-driven snow.”  We say that because that kind of snow is white, soft and fluffy.  But is snow really pure?  We know it isn’t because we know that snow strips the pollutants from the air, it lands on the dirt on the ground, and we (filled with germs) touch it.

However, we know two things.  We know that metal which has been heated to high temperature boils off the impurities, leaving the elemental metal, unmixed with anything else.  We also know the more we do this, the purer the metal gets.

And the Bible tells us that God’s Word is pure.  And to make sure we understand how pure God’s Word really is, it is “like” metal which has been melted and the dross removed, not once, not twice, but seven times.  If seven is a symbol of completeness or perfection, then the Psalmist is saying that the God’s Word is the highest definition of pure we can dream up.

What will it take for us to be refined into purity?

If we had to be heated up seven times to become pure, we would not like it.  In fact, we complain when it heats up just a little in our lives.  When trouble is happening at work, at home, or among our friends, we are the first to complain.  What if we had to go through the fire of refinement seven times to have our dross, our sin removed?

There is another way for us to be refined, and that is to immerse ourselves in what is pure – God’s Word written, Scripture, and God’s Word enfleshed, Jesus Christ.  When we engage the pure, the Word of God, it may hurt, it may challenge, it may even condemn, but it is not the lake of fire.  A fire sufficient to make us pure would kill us.  God’s Holy Spirit, the fire which convicts us, trains us, empowers us, and helps us, is a fire which would make us live.

The words of the Lord are pure words.  They have meaning, they have power, they heal, and they save.  Pure words save … and there is only one source of them.    The Lord.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

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