Daniel 2:31-45; Luke 21:5-9
At first glance it may be difficult to see any connection between tonight’s two readings. (Even at second glance it may be difficult to find, but here’s what I see.
The first reading, from the 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel, tells the story of Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon who captured and destroyed Jerusalem in the year 597 B.C.E. and drove the people out of their homeland and into exile. Daniel, a Jew living in Babylon during the exile, is able to interpret a dream for the king that none of the wise men of Babylon had been able to decipher. He even describes the dream itself without ever having been told it and makes it clear that GOD has revealed both the dream and its meaning to him. In the dream, a large statue made of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay is completely destroyed. The statue is symbolic, says Daniel, and represents the future of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar and his descendants, indicating that his kingdom will become increasingly weak and divided until it is at last completely destroyed.