Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - March 9, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 12:22-50

Leviticus 15-16

Proverbs 27

Listen to the Bible








Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Not long ago, our Bible Fellowship Group took the Proverbs 31-Day challenge. This meant that we were to read one Proverb each day for a month (we picked the month of January, which has 31 days). In this process,we studied Proverbs 27. Back then, and again today, Proverbs 27:21 popped out at me.

Proverbs 27:21 - "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise."

Gold is tested in the fire.  Before my father retired, he worked as an inorganic chemist in the Bay Area of California. One of his jobs was testing (assaying) gold. 

To do this, my father wrapped the gold sample in lead and put the small bead of gold, which was to be tested, into a crucible. A crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for testing gold. In ancient times, crucibles were made of clay. 

A Muf oven is used to melt the gold at about 3000 degrees centigrade, which is 5432 degrees Fahrenheit. Under this extreme heat the gold is quickly reduced to liquid and the lead wrapping burns off entirely.

The crucible containing the bead of liquid gold is removed from the oven. For the next few minutes, the chemist watches the gold closely. If the gold is pure, and only if it is pure, something amazing happens, which a chemist calls a "blick". Suddenly, as if the molten gold had turned into a light-bulb, the pure gold "turns on" and radiates light! It is amazing to see! And it only happens if the gold sample is 100% pure. 

This process is what the Bible means when it refers to gold and silver being "tested" in a crucible in the furnace. The testing is to determine the purity of the metal.

There is a test for people too. We are testing by the praise we receive. The praise which people give us, when we do "well" is the test which determines the purity of our characters. If we react by taking credit for the blessings God has wrought through our lives and influence, we will test out as "impure", having pride. But, when we faithfully glorify God instead of taking credit for what He has blessed us to accomplish, will we pass the praise test. Check out the following short video :