Here is a blogpost from a friend...as I prepare my heart and home for Passover, it has special meaning for me. I want to be refined so that others can see my Master's image in me as well. Got a ways to go...lol
3He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.
A story goes like this:
Several years ago, a group of women studying the book of Malachi and pondered these verses. Curious as to how the process of smelting silver applies to God’s treatment of His People, one woman went to observe a silversmith at work.
As the silversmith held a piece of silver over the fire, he explained that he needed to hold the silver where the flame was hottest in order to burn away all the impurities. The woman, remembering the Biblical verse, asked if he had to sit there the whole time the silver was being refined. The silversmith responded that not only did he have to sit and hold the silver the entire time, but he had to keep a careful eye on it, because if the silver was left in the flame a moment too long, it would be destroyed.
“How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” the woman asked.
“That’s easy," he replied. "When I see my image in it.”
4Then will the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in ancient years.