My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold… (Proverbs 8:19)
Depending upon the quantity of gold and the desired level of refinement, the two most common methods of purification are the use of a high temperature flame or the use of chemicals.
“Refining with flame is one of the oldest methods of refining metals. Mentioned in the Bible, refining by fire is the preferable method for larger quantities of gold. In ancient times, this form of refining involved a craftsman sitting next to a hot fire with molten gold in a crucible being stirred and skimmed to remove the impurities or dross that rose to the top of the molten metal. With flames reaching temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius, this job was definitely a dangerous occupation for the gold refiner. The tradition remains largely untouched today with the exception of a few advancements in safety and precision.
The second method of refining gold involves the use of chemicals. Strong acids are used to dissolve the impurities in the gold ore and afterwards, are neutralized and washed away, taking the impurities with them. The resulting product is a muddy substance that is almost pure gold (99.999% or 24K). This muddy substance is dried until it is a powdered residue and then heated with a torch or other source of heat to melt the gold powder into usable gold.”
Refiners of precious metals tell us 100% purity is a physical impossibility. The will of God, the principles of his Kingdom, his wisdom, his ways, are to be desired by those that love and serve him above the earth’s wealth, riches, reputation, and honors. He alone is capable of giving the gifts of perfection.
Lord God, I seek you and the treasure of Kingdom above all else. Amen.
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10