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July 7 - Morning

"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart."

- Proverbs 17:3

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The Lord Refines and We Repent    

Ancient metal workers would remove the pure silver and gold from their impurities by heating the metal until it was in liquid form (gold melts at 1,945 degrees F and silver at 1,761 degrees F).
Often the metal workers would use a clay oven with 2 small openings in the bottom (one for blowing/fanning/bellowing the flame, and the other for pouring out the metal). This refining process made it possible to identify and remove the impurities from the gold and silver.
The Word of the Lord is pure like metal refined in these ways (see Psalm 12:6).

Proverbs 17:3 speaks of the “crucible” (Heb. masrep) being used to test the purity of silver and a melting oven (Heb. sarap) for testing the genuineness of gold with the process of cupellation.  In the second half of the Proverbs 17:3, God is the one who tests the human heart. The Lord testing the heart is also seen in Proverbs 21:2 and 24:12 and Psalm 17:3; 66:10).

The good news is that the Lord is not merely testing us and finding the weaknesses in our character
and the flaws in our nature so he can judge us. The use of the crucible and the furnace as
illustrations of the Lord’s work indicates God is also interested in helping us get rid of these weaknesses and flaws just like the metal worker does with gold and silver. The Lord is not just
in the process of judging us, but is in the process of purifying us.  

This is seen in these verses using the refining of metal as an illustration:

Besides the Lord testing us and refining us one of the most important steps in this process is our participation. We have to be willing to remove the impurities or the dross. As the Lord says to Jeremiah, we must be willing to repent for the process to be completed.

“Therefore this is what the Lord says:
‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.’ ”

- Jeremiah 15:19

In Psalm 139:23-24 David asks to know his imperfections, because he can only remove the impurities and the flaws that he can see.

If we do not repent and willingly remove the impurities then the Lord will be bellowing (fanning the flame) and refining us in vain as is described in Jeremiah 6:29-30:

"The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.
They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less."
- C. S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??

The Hebrew word Messiah means “to smear, or anoint” and is simply called the “Anointed One” by Daniel. The Greek word for “the anointed one” is christos or, in English, “Christ”. The word Christ means “the anointed one”, or the Messiah.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nekar (Hb) - Stranger (Eng) - The Hebrew word nekar (nkr) means “stranger” or “foreign land.”
As a verb nekar appears in:

Genesis 42:7 - "As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them,
but he pretended to be a stranger."

Proverbs 26:24 as “Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
    but in their hearts they harbor deceit.”

Jeremiah 19:4 as “to make strange” in, "For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned incense in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent."

Deuteronomy 32:27 as "misunderstand" in, "Had I not feared provocation by the enemy,
    lest their adversaries should misunderstand, lest they should say, 'Our hand is triumphant,
    it was not the Lord who did all this.' ”


Leen Ritmeyer has possibly identified the location of the temple, the Most Holy Place and the place in the bedrock on Mount Moriah where the Ark of the Covenant was set. The foundation bedrock that protrudes out of Mount Moriah that is today under the Dome of the Rock has been examined by Leen Ritmeyer. Ritmeyer’s research has made four conclusions:

#1 of 4) 1 Kings 6:20 describes Solomon’s inner sanctuary for the Holy of Holies in the Temple as 20 royal cuits long by 20 royal cubits wide and 20 royal cubits high. Ritmeyer found the trench used for the foundation of the southern wall to be 34 feet 5 inches (exactly 20 royal cubits) from a rock scarp on the north side projecting above the level surface which would have been the north wall.
(Image HERE and HERE)
(Details HERE and HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not resist the Lord's refining in my life.
I will identify, repent and remove the impurities that are exposed when I am tested.
  "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight...when you lie down,
you will not be afraid;
when you lie down,
your sleep will be sweet."
- Proverbs 3:21, 24
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The south wall of the Jerusalem Temple Mount as it looks today compared with a model of the way it looked in 66 AD.

Details of Ezekiel's prophecy in Ezekiel 38 and 39 on a map.

Details of Ezekiel's prophecy in Ezekiel 38 and 39 on a map.

The south wall of the Jerusalem Temple Mount as it looks today compared with a model of the way it looked in 66 AD. (Details Here.)  
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