Why It Was Wrong to Change the Lord's Prayer - Refiner's Fire Explained
““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; 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 Yahweh offerings in righteousness.” (Malachi 3:2-3 WEB)
I was just meditating on the passage above, about how Jesus is a Refiner and how He purifies is to become useful to God.
To understand the illustration that Yahweh (the pre-incarnate Jesus) uses, we must first understand how gold and silver are refined. Here is how it works, based on a good article by Precious Metal Technologies (PMT):
"Gold is processed into it’s purest form through smelting and refining. High heat, pressure and chemicals are used to remove impurities from the gold.
A gold refinery receives the raw material such as rock, gold nuggets, scrap gold and re-liquefies the metal in a hot furnace, then adds various chemicals to the molten substance to separate the gold from the other metals.
A sample of the gold is used in an assay to measure the purity of the gold content, usually found to be 99.9% pure. The gold can now be used in many applications, including in electronics and jewellery making."
When you first believed in Jesus, you were like a gold nugget trapped encased in rock.
Your spirit was reborn and perfectly holy, righteous and perfect, but your mind and body were still carnal—wanting to obey the desires of the sinful flesh.
The high heat and pressure in Jesus’ illustration represents the trials, persecutions and sufferings that we experience in life—they are sent by the devil, not by God.
Sometimes, God protects us from them, such that we don’t even know they were planned against us in the first place.
However at other times, when God allows us to go through them, He is with us through His Spirit, leading the way.
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1 WEB)
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to experience this high heat and pressure from the devil’s temptations as well as the inhospitable heat and dryness of the environment
In this case, Jesus didn’t need to be purified because He was already sinless and perfect in all His ways.
He was allowed to be tested by the devil to show us that He is really pure gold.
I just read an article recently about how Pope Francis just officially approved the change of a verse in the Lord’s Prayer.
He changed “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation”—this change only affects the Catholic religion.
“Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’” (Matthew 6:13 WEB)
This is a big mistake—an example of man trying to make sense of God’s word according to his own understanding.
“Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 WEB)
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