Tin. Not ten, as in the number, but tin, the metal.
Metals. Nearly 75% of the Periodic Table is made of metal. 118 elements and 75% of them are metals.
Saying this, most of the elements, the things that compose Earth, mentioned in their purest forms in the Bible are-
Tin has special mentions within the Word of God.
Tin was a means of currency (Ezekial 27:12). Much like gold, silver, and copper (all which are also found in the Bible) are and were.
It had a value. It has value today. If you don’t believe me, run by your local hardware store and look how much a sheet of it costs.
The Hebrew word, bᵊḏîl, denoted “tin” as a precious metal. In a more figurative sense, tin was regarded as the material purged away when Israel was under judgement (Ezekial 22:18; Isaiah 1:25). Tin was ascertained by “smelting.”
Smelting is defined as a process used to remove metal by adding heat and or melting out other metals.
And like all things precious, God requires that it be purified (Numbers 31:22).
Likewise, tin, when refined becomes a beautiful metal and despite the processes that are applied, becomes extremely functional.
It malleable, moldable, and strong!
Christians, through trials, become ” a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).
Oh, to be like tin! To look into the face of a furnace and relish the beauty to be!
Christ makes us even more precious than a precious metal, and trials, functionally turn up the heat, making us strong and pure.