Malachi 3:1-4 I’ve never watched a metal worker in person as they purify metal, dividing it into its elements and removing the impurity. Yahoo has over 7 million different files on the subject of purifying metals. All in all, it is a tedious process that requires an understanding of the properties of metals, their melting points, and likely the content of the original ore. It’s definitely a specialized skill, even more so in the Persian period when Malachi is thought to have prophesied.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.