Silver, a precious metal with a multitude of uses, is rarely found alone in its natural state. It must be separated from other metals (gold, copper, zinc, lead, etc.) in order to be usable. Currently silver ore is mixed with lime, cement, and water or a cyanide solution in order to separate it from other metals and chemical elements, and then the leached silver materials are electrolyzed and melted into silver bars or ingots.
In the past, the process required fire to refine the metal. Several heating/melting steps were performed and in between those steps, semi-solid impurities called “dross” were removed to insure the proper purity, strength, and quality desirable for silversmiths to create their works of art. Then the silver, in it’s cold state, is then beaten with hammers into its final desired form. We see this in the description of the 2 silver trumpets of the House of Elohim in Bemidbar (Numbers) 10:
Bemidbar (Numbers) 10:1-2:
(1) Elohim spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(2) Make you two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shall you make them: and you shall use them for the calling of the congregation, and for the journeying of the camps.
Already, just in this brief exposition, we can begin to gain understanding of silver’s importance as a metaphor for us:
– Firstly, silver is symbolic of redemption and is seen in many different forms – from the capitals of the columns of the tabernacle to the trumpets that call to meeting and war!
– Secondly, like silver must be separated from other elements, we are called to be set-apart from the world – living in the world but not part of the world.
Yochanan (John) 15:19: If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
– Thirdly, we must be refined through fire, trial, and tribulation by a skilled refiner, Yahweh our Elohim, who patiently waits for all the dross to be removed and a pure product to emerge from the fires.
Mishlè (Proverbs) 25:4: Take away the dross from the silver, And material comes out for the refiner;
– Finally, the finished product must be hammered and polished, demonstrating the skill of the refiner/silversmith- despite the fact it is we that go through the trials, it is He, Our Creator and Loving Father, who deserves the honor and esteem.
Tehellim (Psalms) 21:5-6:
(5) His esteem is great in your salvation. You lay honor and majesty on him.
(6) For you make him most blessed forever. You make him glad with joy in your presence.
Here are a couple more scripture verses that point to this process and importance to Our Elohim:
Zecharyah (Zechariah) 13:9: And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, Yahweh is my Elohim.
(2) “But who can endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like launderer’s soap;
(3) and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer to Elohim offerings in righteousness.
Yechezq’el (Ezekiel) 22:17-22:
(17) The word of Elohim came to me, saying,
(18) Son of man, the house of Yisra’el is become dross to me: all of them are brass and tin and iron and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
(19) Therefore thus says Yahweh Elohim: Because you are all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Yerushalayim.
(20) As they gather silver and brass and iron and lead and tin into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire on it, to melt it; so will I gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will lay you there, and melt you.
(21) Yes, I will gather you, and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it.
(22) As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall you be melted in the midst of it; and you shall know that I, Yahweh, have poured out my wrath on you.
2 Trumpets made of Silver, very symbolic of the separation into to 2 houses (House of Yisra’el and the House of Yehudah), perhaps to call the remnant back home. Even more important than the physical symbolism is the spiritual – You and I are those trumpets in the hands of Yahweh, to call the congregation to meeting and to prepare for the coming spiritual battle! May you be blessed in your trials and tribulations, as silver in the refiner’s fire, and may you come away victorious and polished, a beautiful crafted work in the Hands of the Almighty; may your voices ring with the Spirit of truth that all may hear and be blessed; and may your shining appearance, your walk, claim many for the Kingdom of Elohim. Yahweh bless you and keep you! Shalom Aleichem!
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