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Offline jlerms

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Purifying Silver
« on: June 08, 2005, 09:34:01 PM »
This is a wonderful story that my sister sent me and I wanted to pass it on to all of you.  God bless you all,    Juliana

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what
this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and
get back to the group at the next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to
watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her
interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire
and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to
hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest
as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she
thought again about the verse that says:
"He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front
of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver,
but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the
fire.  If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith,
"How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"
He smiled at her and answered,
"Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His
eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Offline Donna Rose

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Re: Purifying Silver
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2005, 11:04:37 PM »
wow. thank you for sharing this. going to pass it along as well... :)

In Christ,
Donna Mary

Offline Ebor

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Re: Purifying Silver
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2005, 12:00:28 AM »
As a side note: Long ago I took a course in lost wax casting of silver jewelry/objects.  After making something with special wax, setting it in a kind of plaster and firing it so that the plaster is hard and the melted wax runs out, we would melt silver with a gas torch in a pan attached to a kind of centrifuge and when it was molten trip the spring so that the pan and plaster cast would whirl around sending the liquid metal into the mold. The instructor always would cross herself before the centrifuge was tripped. We never had metal drops flying all around so there you are.

 We were using old spoons and such like so not much impurity, but a little at times.  When the silver is perfectly molten, it forms a beautiful dome of high shine and smooth reflective surface.  It was so pretty that I was forming an oval pendant to be polished that way, but the nun teaching the course (it was a small RC college in Philadelphia) broke her foot and couldn't come to class for several weeks and the school officials didn't want unsupervised torch use.  So the oval was never made.

ah well.


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