First, the raw ore must be taken from the earth. Heat is applied that renders the iron pliable to the Craftsman’s design. During this stage impurities arise and are eliminated. But the Master Artisan adds another element.
Just as our Father adds the blood of Jesus to change our spiritual DNA, carbon is mixed with the molten metal. The carbon atoms change the iron into steel. Many blacksmiths would settle for the material yielded thus far. But this will not suffice for the brutal warfare that we, as His warriors, must encounter. The metal is next superheated. In a specially designed kiln, the material is transformed into what is appropriately labeled crucible steel. The resulting ingot in no way resembles a “sword”, for the blacksmith and His assistant must slowly and lovingly pound the steel into its proper shape.
Great care must be taken during this phase, because the metal wants to become something other than the vision of the Master. The Blacksmith and Assistant hammer away, minute by minute, hour by hour, pressing the steel into a form that begins to reveal its desired shape.
Now, the future weapon must be heated again, sculpted and rough edges discarded. The craftsman is able to see the outline of His desire. Then he lays down his prize and begins unapologetically to chisel away at the very heart-the base- of His creation. It would appear to be counterproductive to the sword’s purpose.