There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying Chapter Three, they came across Verse Three which says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver’. This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.
That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment
to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for
her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of
refining silver. As she watched the silver smith, 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 so as to burn away all the impurities.