“These two kings, with their minds set on evil, will sit at one table, telling lies, but with no success because the end will come at the set time. He will return to his country with great wealth and set his mind against a holy covenant.
He will do what he wants and then return to his country.
Daniel gets a vision of the nations of the world playing a huge game of tug-o-war with each other. It’s scary! Here are the countries: Syria in the north, Egypt in the south. Verse three refers to Alexander the Great who added to the empire of Greece after his conquest of Persia.
One of the kings, Antiochus IV of Syria, gave himself the nickname, “Epiphanes,” meaning, “God is Manifest.” He became so crazy with arrogance and pride that folks gave him the name “Epimanes,” “Madman.” We might have called him an”Epimaniac”!
When anyone pushes God out of life and instead, places him or herself as more important, we are at the risk of becoming a bit crazy! We may not have to be put in a straight-jacket and taken to a hospital, but life will never have that joy, energy and purpose when we think only of ourselves and what we want. God made us to love and serve Him; anything else will honestly make us a bit nuts!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
My heart turned to You, my God. v. 28
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…