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Wednesday, March 29 2017
The Mist And Dust Of Creation
"There went up a mist from the Earth ... the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground"
The English-language word "dust" is derived from an ancient 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.
All of those details are found in the historic account of the creation of the first human i.e. the human body is about 70% water and is composed of the minerals ("dust") of the Earth.
"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 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 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 (see also The Shake The Dust From Your Feet Lessons).
"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, March 29
502: Burgundian King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.
1430: The Ottoman Empire under Murad II captured the Byzantine city of Thessalonica (the city is known in the Bible from two epistles of the apostle Paul; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).
1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.
1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.
1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).
1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.
1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.
1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.
1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.
1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.
1867: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1936: The democratically-elected dictator Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy) received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.
1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.
1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the last day of the Nazi V-1 "flying bombs" (i.e. rockets) struck on England. After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.
1971: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Although convicted of the heinous war crimes, Calley was quietly released from custody not long afterward.
1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.
1982: The Canada Act of 1982 received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, thereby leading to Canada's new Constitution of 1982.
2002: In response to the "Passover Massacre" two days before, Israel launched "Operation Defensive Shield" against Palestinian terrorists in the "West Bank" - the largest since the 1967 Six-Day War (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.