I used to know a lot of stuff about the Book of Daniel that turned out not to be so. This verse brings chunks of it back:

“Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and his dominion shall be a great dominion.” I’m tempted to plunge into actual theology and explain how Daniel and other books were written as commentary on the oppressions of the day, disguised in old-timey costume.  (That might even be a good and nourishing gift from the spirit. But let’s not overthink this.)

Remember, when we use the Bible for divination, we’re looking for personal guidance. The phrase that leaps out is: one of his princes shall be stronger than he.

Today it looks like reassurance: that strength will lead to greater strength, or even thatI will, somehow, “do works greater than these,” to quote another verse.

Sounds like big talk, doesn’t it? But first “the king of the south will must be strong,” or as I like to put it to myself, “Today I earn tomorrow’s fame!”

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