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From the sea and the land come the beasts born of the dragon. They are blasphemous counterparts of the Blessed Trinity. Five times the Greek word, exousia, is used, translated by the English, “authority.” This is the constituting power of God alone, here usurped by evil in a sacrilegious pretence at being divine. The evil of those who bear the mark of the beast replaces God’s brand of ownership.
Chapters 12 to 14 reveal the characters that will play their parts in the second half of the Book of Revelation. Evil is portrayed in these outlandish images—the same evil of Dives who despised Lazarus.
Hear the words of Jesus in his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane: “All who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matt. 26:52). Is there any violence in you?
Lord, may I not be dismayed. v.10
Granting me grace to endure. v. 10
Protecting us from evil. v. 11 ff.
Granting the wisdom I need. v. 18
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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