The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times.
A brick oven, or a basic mud oven can be heated by a fire and it will hold it’s temperature for baking a couple of pizzas followed by several loaves of bread. I could not help but notice the word “temperature” and the word “temper” have the same root. Today, when we temper metal we heat it, let it cool, and reheat it. This process is repeated until the piece has both strength and endurance.
It appears God does this tempering in our earthen bodies also. When we pray “The Lord’s Prayer” we are asking: “Thy will be done -in earth- as it is in heaven”. The “in earth” is not the third rock from the sun, but in our earthen frames.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground.”
The verse prior to this tells us: “the earth (the face of the ground) was watered so God formed man from the moist dirt (mud). The name “Adam” (H120) comes from the word “ground” [Ad-Aw-maw H127]
So we have this treasure in earthen vessles – that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We are his workmanship (poem G4161).
God never stops his work in us, today, tomorrow and forever.
Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
The word “continuance” tells me that the work of God in us is a never ending process. The actual Hebrew word is the same word for “day” and literally means “to be hot”.
Here we are again, The work of God in us – tempers us through fiery trials.
That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 7