“And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times”
Before you can truly understand why I highlighted this scripture and the power behind the words, we must first breakdown the similes and adjectives that are being used to describe the Word of God.
Something that is defined as “flawless” is without any blemishes or imperfections; it’s perfect. Now let’s look deeper into the word “any”. The word any when used for emphasis becomes an adverb(a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, etc). So the word any was not carelessly used in the definition of flawless, in fact it was used to add EXTRA weight on the unblemished or faultless characteristic of something that is deemed flawless.
Like Silver Purified In A Crucible
What does that even mean?? Well Proverbs 17:3 says, “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” So if we’re putting two and two together, we can infer that if they’re comparing a crucible for silver to God testing the heart, then a crucible must be used to test or mold silver in someway but let’s go ahead and get the literal definition. A crucible is defined as a container that can withstand extreme temperatures and in the ancient times it was used as a container for melting or testing metals. Another definition says it was used for melting and calcining(reducing, oxidizing, or drying up by roasting) materials at high temperatures. Woo, alright to sum it up plainly and simply, a crucible is what was originally used to purify(cleanse) silver.
Like Gold Refine 7x
Unlike silver being purified in a crucible, I’m sure a lot of you have heard of gold being refined 7x. It’s often used to illustrate how God uses the trials and tribulations we endure as a way to make us ready and able to spend eternity in heaven. Bur for those who have not heard this term used before, gold is refined in fire in order to get it to its purest form. To refine means to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance or in other words, to improve by making small changes.
So of all the things to compare the word of God to, these were the three chosen? So why would the author choose these three similes to describe the word of God? By his choice of words, it’s obvious that he was not a fool but a highly educated individual. He knew that the word of God isn’t just perfect, it’s alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). The word of God isn’t just unblemished, it is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Don’t get me wrong, I knew how powerful this verse was, that’s why I highlighted it. But further research into why specifically these similes were used only reaffirmed to me how important being knowledgeable of the Word of God really is. It is in times of trouble or disappointment that we especially need to remember Psalm 12:16 because it adds extra weight to the scriptures we will need to stand on in order to get through our current situations. Like the highlights we make in our textbooks, these too are meant to be reviewed and memorized!