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Another one bites the dust

Si Walker, 12th June 2015

Dust covered landscape

Biting the dust is an old phrase used to talk about death but as we know it was made famous by the band Queen in their song 'Another one bites the dust' and we can all probably hear Freddie Mercury singing it.

I don't think many of us would seriously talk about someone biting the dust. Maybe an old TV that had stopped working or a mobile phone, but not a person-- without being quite callous! So where does it come from?

Well, it actually is a phrase that has its origins in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. And I think it helps explain our current experience.

God told the serpent to eat the dust

'Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.' Genesis 3:14

The enemies of God will eat dust (specifically said of the nations that surrounded Old Testament Israel)

'they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their strongholds...' Micah 7:17

'Jesus wants us to recognise why we are broken'

Now consider this...

We are from the dust

'then the Lord God formed the man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life...' Genesis 2:7

We were made from dust FOR life, but after we turned from the Lord, we experience our earthly lives ending in death. This was not meant to happen, because God wanted us to live forever with him.

Now, however, because of sin, we will all experience death-- although their is a solution to that if we trust in the man who came from heaven, rather than sinking down with Adam.

THE APPLICATION: Don't be surprise and confused if your sinful nature pulls you down into the dust 'My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word.' Ps 119:25

Even if we know the man, Jesus, who comes from heaven, we still have souls that cling to the dust. When the Psalmist said this he is describing my condition. Because of the death from Adam that I carry around in my body, my soul is always trying to drag me down to eat dust. It can make me feel terrible, say terrible things, do terrible things.

But Jesus wants us to recognise why we are broken and to find life from his Words. He wants to daily lift us out of the dust to inhabit the wonderful life he has in store for us.

Although this life will end in death, that will not be the end, because of Jesus. He has opened the way to be lifted into a heavenly life when I die and also to fight the downward spiral in my earthly life. And that is something I can't wait to have a big slice of.