This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”
This was my thoughts of the day/week/life.
Isn’t one third of the population sounds too small to be saved? I want to hear the Gospel message saying everyone will be saved by Jesus. I know it has to be a narrow road, but one third, and from that one third, we will be tested by the refiner’s fire. Sounds like a harsh harsh word for me.
I have to look at other things in here also. In here, the writer stated as a God’s word for him that “like silver” and “like gold”. When we believe God, we are like silver and gold! We will be purified by the Holy Spirit to become pure silver and pure gold!!!
I go back to the word from Zechariah13. Striking people to one third here, in Japanese Bible, also means like sifting the sand and make it one third. In the New testament, Jesus said “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Mark 10:15)”. We also call ourselves “Children of God” when we are saved. No Christian on this world is without the father. Father in Heaven is our true father. We love our biological father and honor him, yes. Heavenly Father is for all of us, different level. If the God is the Creator God, then how does the Father strike His children to one third like sifting sand? That is not possible. God does not do that.
It is up to us if we want to hear from God. It’s a free will, and the prophecy tells me that only the one third will understand God’s way, and only the purified ones will be called “my people”. Again, I don’t believe any child is born bad. Children’s world is a reflection of the adults world. I want to pray today that we, adults, believe God and protect kid. When we pray to God “My God” and ask things and give thanks, then He will say “My people”.
Praise the Lord for all He has done, and also what He will do for us as a wonderful Plan for all!!! Remember, you are silver and gold. Beautiful one.