But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.(Malachi 3:2) ESV
The coming judgment of God is described as like being washed with strong soap. The word translated “soap” has a direct application in Chemistry. Are we surprised? No, God really is a chemist.
If the Word of God is inerrant and the Lord has preserved it in its true form without any corruption as he claims to have done, and if the Lord really did create the universe from the elemental particles of Hydrogen and αOxygen, then God understands everything there is to know about Physics and Chemistry. Therefore, there should be Physics and Chemistry in the Bible which are congruent with the Physics and Chemistry of science. This is an example of the application of Hypothesis 22.
Soap: וּכְבֹרִ֖ית – borith
- lye (Sodium hydroxide, NaOH),
- soap, used in washing
Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye and caustic soda, is an inorganic compound with the formula NaOH. It is a white solid ionic compound consisting of sodium cations Na+ and hydroxide anions OH− .– Sodium hydroxide (Wikipedia)
The word “alkali” is derived from Arabic al qalīy (or alkali), meaning the calcined ashes (see calcination), referring to the original source of alkaline substances. A water-extract of burned plant ashes, called potash and composed mostly of potassium carbonate, was mildly basic. After heating this substance with calcium hydroxide (slaked lime), a far more strongly basic substance known as caustic potash (potassium hydroxide) was produced. Caustic potash was traditionally used in conjunction with animal fats to produce soft soaps, one of the caustic processes that rendered soaps from fats in the process of saponification, one known since antiquity. Plant potash lent the name to the element potassium, which was first derived from caustic potash, and also gave potassium its chemical symbol K (from the German name Kalium), which ultimately derived from alkali.– Alkali (Wikipedia)
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