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Ashes are mostly the mineral residue that remains when something is burned. Ashes were well-known to the people of Bible History, primarily because they used wood fires for cooking and heating, but also because ashes were produced from burnt offerings that The Lord (see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD) commanded to be done. Ashes were also used in a form of mourning, and repentance.

"they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet"

Abraham (see On His Own Two Feet) was a humble man, well aware of the fact that all humans are "dust and ashes." Ironically, he made that statement just before The Lord turned Sodom into dust and ashes - as an example of what awaits unrepentant sinners i.e. "turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:6 KJV)

Burning to ashes

"And The Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."

"And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:26-27 KJV)

According to The Lord's instructions, Moses (see also The Education Of Moses) used ashes in the plagues upon Egypt (see The Ten Plagues; also Biological Warfare).

"And The Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt." (Exodus 9:8-9 KJV)

Ashes were produced by the burnt offerings. Those ashes were to be removed to a clean place.

"And the priest [see Levites] shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place." (Leviticus 6:10-11 KJV)

Ashes were used as a statement of mourning.

"And Tamar [see Tamar and Amnon] put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying" (2 Samuel 13:19 KJV)

"When Mordecai [see Mordecai and Haman] perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry" (Esther 4:1 KJV)

Ashes are the fate of all of those who refuse to repent (see Planet On Fire!)

"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith The Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."

"But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith The Lord of hosts" (Malachi 4:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: Ironically, an element of a substance (i.e. water) that is used to put out fires is also highly flammable in itself. What is that element?
See Hydrogen

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