Mad with Earthly Power

Monday, November 12, 2012

Daniel 11:1-28

Death-like struggles of arrogance, greed, and thirst for earthly power violently tug at the nations of the world. All this crashes in upon Daniel in a vision. The nations two centuries before Jesus face off with each other. In the north is Syria, the south, Egypt; the “mighty king” of v. 3 refers to Alexander the Great and the conquest of Persia by Greece.

The Syrian king Antiochus IV gave himself the name Epiphanes, meaning “God is Manifest.” Such arrogance and blasphemy! So crazy did this puffed-up state make him that he was nicknamed Epimanes: “Madman!”

Power forged for selfish ends leads to madness. Contemplate God’s use of power. Instead of crushing his enemies, Jesus chooses the power of his love and dies for us. There is no greater love. There is no greater power.

The Reading for Today

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This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets, currently reading from the book of Daniel.

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