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Series: Courageous Living in Chaotic Times
This past Sunday, I preached two sermons, stayed at church until 2:00, played with my kids in the afternoon, lifted weights in the evening, and concluded my night by watching a movie with my wife. I felt strong, vibrant, and nearly invincible. However, Monday morning I woke up with an awful cold. My eyes were running, my nose was sprinting, and my head was pounding. Perhaps you've been there? All I wanted to do was sleep. I went from having vim, vigor, and vitality to having am empty tank. I was not the same person I was the day before. This was a classic case of, "It's Sunday, but Monday's coming!" I was reminded, yet again, of how very fragile my physical body is. Similarly, nations are far more fragile than we think. They rise, they fall. They are here today, gone tomorrow. To put it bluntly: Every dog has its day. Truly, as great as earthly empires and kingdoms are, they are all small time in God's grand scheme. They are all little more than dogs-mere pawns in His hands. While every dog has its day, in the end God reigns supreme.
Previously, in Dan 7 we learned a great deal about four specific kingdoms. The bulk of the attention was given to the fourth kingdom (Rome). The prophecy in Dan 8 now provides more information about the second and third kingdoms. Perhaps you're wondering if this is really necessary. Maybe you met your history quota in Dan 7. I can appreciate this. However, we need to remember that history is His story. When we see things predicted in the Bible that have already come true, it gives us great assurance that those things yet to happen will also come true. God chose to devote a special chapter in His book to the details about the Medes, Persians, and Greeks because these nations were vital to the history of Israel and the life of the Jews. God is going to uniquely show how He will deal with His people.
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