Dr. Edwin Slessor said, “The greatest miracle of the Bible is its chemical accuracy.” The Book of Genesis says, “The Lord formed man of the dust of the earth.” (Gen.2:7) This statement is literally true.

In the general area where the beginning of civilization is thought to have taken place, a soil sample consists of 16 different chemical elements. All these are found in the body of man. How could the writers Moses, Job and David have known this? Yet before the science of chemistry was born this truth was declared as a fact. Christians have no difficulty believing these Bible writers were inspired by God.

Psalm 104 states, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, He remembers we are dust.” As someone has said, “We are just a blown up speck of earth.”

Such knowledge is the substance out of which humility comes. It gives us reason to reverence our creator. How humbling: “He remembers that we are dust.”

While our basic substance is but dust, God has made man an eternal entity. It may properly be said of man:

“He is the dust of eternity!”

– David Johnson