As life-saving as silver is from dangerous microbes and as useful as it is for creating electronics in cars, it is also full of symbolism-including purity. (see references below)
The passage in Psalm 12 speaks of silver refined in a furnace as being purified, 7 times. The number seven in Hebrew represents an oath, something unshakeable. God’s word does not change, it is steadfast. When He keeps His word, His kingdom comes and His will is done.
There is nothing mixed in to change His meaning. It is authentic and true. When Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”, he was verbalizing the question of human culture and society in general. Many things appear one way but come to find out, they were just the opposite of what was said. This is called reading between the lines or as my freshman college professors taught us, “situational ethics”.
The vileness exalted among children in our current age will not be unnoticed by God. He has set a standard that is unpolluted by fame or popularity. He will respond at the right time to take care of unjust gain derived from vile deeds, robbing the poor or needy. (Children are poor and needy as they rely on adults to care for them properly)
Who’s word is unchanging? Trust His timing.- Teresa #purified #likesilver
Who is the One who protects and keeps us? (January challenge: memorize Psalm 121)
It is the Lord, maker of heaven and earth!!!
A song of ascents. (Psalm 121, NET)
I look up toward the hills.
From where does my help come?2
My help comes from the Lord,
the Creator of heaven and earth!3
May he not allow your foot to slip!
May your protector not sleep!4
Look! Israel’s protector
does not sleep or slumber!5
The Lord is your protector;
the Lord is the shade at your right hand.6
The sun will not harm you by day,
or the moon by night.7
The Lord will protect you from all harm;
he will protect your life.8
The Lord will protect you in all you do,
now and forevermore.
Psalm 12:5-8 (ESV)
‘5 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
7 You, O Lord, will keep them;
you will guard us[b] from this generation forever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man.’
John 18:33-38a (NET)
‘Pilate Questions Jesus
So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me?”35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36
Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate asked, “What is truth?” ‘
Additional web- based references below…
According to John Rothins @USmoneyreserve.com, (July 1, 2019)
Silver might not always get the glory and attention that gold does, but it remains one of the most useful precious metals in the world. Solar technology, electronics, soldering and brazing, engine bearings, medicine, cars, water purification, jewelry, tableware, and your precious metals portfolio—silver can be found practically everywhere.
And from Mining.com (April 30,2021), a post from Rob Tyson states:
As a metal, silver is extremely pliable, elastic, heat resistant, conductive, non-corrosive, non-toxic in low doses, has low contact resistant, doesn’t readily oxidise and has proven antimicrobial and biocide properties. That means it can lend itself to a huge range of applications, some of them literally life-saving.
Of particular note are silver nanoparticles (silver NPs), which are tiny particles of silver. Studies have found they have excellent antimicrobial properties and are very effective against most types of bacteria. However, they’ve also proven to be a very handy tool in the fight against some viruses, notably HIV, hepatitis B, herpes simplex, mpox (abbreviation added) and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).