Water purifies by cleansing; fire purifies by refining.
In Numbers 31, as a result of the Israelites’ victory over the Midianites, they brought home the spoils of war – clothing, leather goods, gold, silver, iron, tin, and lead. To remain ceremonially clean, God told them to purify everything – some items by water, but most by fire. What couldn’t survive the fire was to be purified with the water of purification.
Everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water. (Numbers 31:23, NKJV)
Different purification methods are needed based on the stubbornness of the impurity. Clothing stains are easily removed with washing, while gold impurities require an intense refining fire.
In my daily prayer time, the Holy Spirit convicts me of those areas where I fall short of God’s holy standard. I am quick to surrender the…