The people’s teachers will help many understand,
but for a time they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder.
Nations coming against nations: the theme continues in this part of the Book of Daniel, similar to Jesus’ predication that we read yesterday.
Think of it: a pagan statue from the altar to the Greek god, Zeus, is placed on top of this sacred altar of sacrifice in the Temple! How is that for meanness, pride and arrogance! In addition, it is a sacrilege—doing something awful with the things of God.
No need to be afraid as we read verses such as these. God is always in charge and once again, “The Lord will provide for you.” We are called to be gentle persons—loving, even our enemies—so that the goodness, love and mercy of God can flow through us. This love and peace will comfort us and will also flow out of us to touch others for whom we pray.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Resting with inner wisdom v. 33
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the twelfth 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…