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Monday, October 27 2014

Job 17: Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?

"He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes"

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is one of the most well-known "Biblical" sayings - although the specific term is not found in the Holy Scriptures, whether the actual Hebrew or in translation. The term is actually found in the section of the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer (which originated in the same era as the King James Version of the Holy Bible) for Burial Services, two parts of which, including a quote and references from the Book of Job, are shown below.

Book of Common Prayer

"I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

"UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself."

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is indeed a truly Biblical principle that is found throughout the entire Holy Bible, from Genesis ("18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes" Genesis 18:27 KJV) to Revelation ("18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate" Revelation 18:19 KJV and "20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" Revelation 20:13-15 KJV).

Job well-understood that even if he did not recover from his severe illness (it was actually an injury that was inflicted upon him by Satan; see What Did Satan Do To Job's Soul? and How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?), he would, in the due time, be resurrected from the "dust and ashes" of the Earth (i.e. the organic and inorganic material of which physical bodies are composed) from which he was made (see Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection).

"2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." (Job 2:7-10 KJV

Further (see also What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle?):

"30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes." (Job 30:19 KJV)

"42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:5-6 KJV)

Job's numerous references to the "grave" were actually a statement of a return to the place where physical life began - and where spiritual life will also begin, in due time (see When Life Will Begin Again).

"17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me. 17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me? 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them. 17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

17:6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret. 17:7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow. 17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you. 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness. 17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. 17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. 17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust." (Job 17:1-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did the LORD command Abraham to sacrifice and cremate Isaac? Did Abraham expect the LORD to resurrect Isaac from the ashes?
See Isaac: Rising From The Ashes

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This Day In History, October 27

97: To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopted Trajan (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), the governor of lower Germany. The "German connection" to the later "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (its official title) was established very early (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

312: Constantine the Great claimed to see his "vision of the Cross." Constantine was the inventor of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship law (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

The Churches of Rome 939: Athelstan died. He was the first Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England (Saxons were from Saxony in Germany; the Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Saxons).

1275: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Cuba (it was no "discovery" for the people who were already there; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1553: Spanish reformer theologian and physician Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy.

1644: The Battle of Newbury; 9,000 royalists under English King Charles I held out against the parliamentary army of 17,500.

1662: Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres.

1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the U.S. and Spain established the U.S. southern boundary at the 31st parallel and gave the U.S. the right to ship down the Mississippi without having to pay duty to Spain.

1806: Napoleon's troops entered Berlin.

1808: The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed by Napoleon and Charles IV of Spain, divided Portugal into 3 parts.

1809: U.S. President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of Florida after Spanish settlers there rebelled against the Spanish authorities. The U.S. was actually created from four rebellions against those who had established colonies in the wilderness: England in the northeast, Spain in Florida, France in Louisiana and Mexico/Spain in Texas. Madison later declared the start of the War of 1812 (1812-1814) with the stated intention to annex ("take territory by conquest") Canada; the war ended with the borders intact, as they remain to this day.

1871: The diamond fields of Kimberley in South Africa were annexed by Britain.

1936: Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce in her native U.S. She later married Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne of England for her.

1962: Major Rudolf Anderson of the U.S. Air Force became the only human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba by a surface-to-air missile.

1942: During the Second World War, an indecisive 2-day air and sea battle around the Solomon Islands ended with substantial damage to both the U.S. and Japanese fleets.

1971: Republic of The Congo name changed to Zaire. The country was earlier ruled by Belgium.

1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1994: The U.S. prison population exceeded 1 million people.

1999: Gunmen opened fire inside the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members of the government.


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