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by Wayne Blank
"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)
"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 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)
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."
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?