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Sunday, April 7 2013
Dust and Ashes
"There went up a mist from the earth ... the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground"
The English word "dust" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word that itself originated from the pronunciation of a Greek word (English and Greek use two very different alphabets) that meant vapor, as in a fine mist that could be blown in the wind. It was later applied to fine, dry mineral or organic material that could be carried by the wind in the same way. The ancient Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced aw-fawr, which is usually translated as "dust," also means a fine organic or mineral material, including ashes.
Amazingly, all of those points are found in the account of the creation of the first human.
"2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:6-7 KJV)
Long after the Creation, righteous humans never forgot their "dust and ashes" origin (arrogant humans ignore and forget about it very quickly; see also Why Does Satan Hate Humility?).
"18:27 And Abraham [see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?] answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:27 KJV)
While many are familiar with the "shake the dust off your feet" command to reject those who reject the Truth, the Messiah was talking about much more than mere symbolism of removing incidental dust.
"10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Those who refuse to repent will be rendered into lifeless dust and ashes - the very same material (using the very same original words), from which the first human was made alive.
"4:1 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.
The Flood in the time of Noah was moreover an object-lesson prophecy of the flood of fire that is coming.
"3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished [see also How Did The Flood Happen?]: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality"
Throughout the Bible, people were routinely buried. It should be kept in mind however that the bodies of those who are buried are also all eventually reduced to "dust," the indistinguishable earth elements from which man was created. Eventually, there is nothing left of buried physical bodies other than the same "dust" from which the first human was created. It should also be kept in mind that many of God's people over the centuries have been completely lost in fires (including some of the most righteous, as martyrs), or vaporized in explosions, or eaten by lions or sharks etc. in which there remained no body, but you can be absolutely sure that the absence of a body will make no difference what-so-ever to their salvation.
While being rendered into dust and ashes is the final fate of the unrepentant, the repentant who are resurrected to spirit will have no need of their physical body that may have been rendered into a state of "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" through natural or violent means. Notice that the apostle Paul, when asked about whether a physical body was necessary for the resurrection, answered with the very same account of the creation of the first human, who was created from nothing more than "dust" and "ashes."
"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
Fact Finder: What was the "soul" that the LORD gave to Adam?
This Day In History, April 7
451: Attila the Hun attacked and looted towns in Gaul.
1118: Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Henry V at Capua (see Emperors and Popes).
1148: Alphonse I, count of Toulouse, died in Israel while on the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1348: Prague University, the first in Central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.
1652: The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
1739: English highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged for murder at York.
1823: French troops under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, starting the Franco-Spanish war.
1827: John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match that he had invented during the previous year.
1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated in Ottawa. McGee was an Irish nationalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1857 and later became one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation. He had just made a speech in Parliament when he was shot by a member of the Fenians, a radical group of Irish-Americans. Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder.
1943: The psychosis-producing drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.
1963: The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president.
1967: A few weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War, a flight of Israeli fighter aircraft entered Syrian airspace and shot down 6 Syrian MiGs before circling freely over Damascus.
1971: U.S. President Nixon pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more troops from the Vietnam quagmire by the next December.
1978: Development of the neutron bomb (high radiation that kills people but leaves cities relatively undamaged) was canceled by U.S. President Jimmy Carter because he believed that it would increase the possibility of nuclear war.
1981: A new constitution in the Philippines gave Ferdinand Marcos dictatorial powers.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev declared a moratorium on the deployment of Soviet middle-range missiles in Europe.
1990: U.S. national security advisor John Poindexter was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
2003: U.S. and British invasion forces captured Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. The government of Saddam Hussein collapsed 2 days later.
No "weapons of mass destruction" (the sole legal pretext, revised later after nothing was found, that was used by George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the invasion that devastated Iraq's civilian population and infrastructure) were ever found. Nor has there ever been found any connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by the al-Qaida terrorist organization. All of the suicide attackers entered the U.S. legally, directly from Saudi Arabia (the native country of Osama bin Laden) and Pakistan with tourist and student visas issued by U.S. Immigration (none of the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada, a malicious myth that is still perpetuated by some who ignore the official U.S. immigration records).
Perhaps more ironic than the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where all of the 9-11 terrorists came from, are regarded as among the closest allies against terrorism in the Middle East, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9-11, faced the greatest retaliation after the 9-11 attacks. While, just like numerous other tyrants around the world that are conveniently (i.e. those with oil) or fearfully (those with the military ability to defend themselves from invasion) ignored, Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator within his own country (although the invasion killed and maimed far more Iraqi civilians in a few years than Saddam Hussein ever did over decades), captured documents indicated that not only was Saddam Hussein not connected to the al-Qaida terrorist organization, he actually feared al-Qaida, and regarded it as a radical foreign threat to his own regime.