Grace to you!
From time to time, we hear stories that seem to suggest the triumph of evil over good. From the recent despicable stories of slave trade—yes you heard it right, slave trade—going on in Libya, to the threats of nuclear weapons in North Korea, etc., it seems evil has power over goodness.
Sometimes, rulers and kings will arise and claim supreme authority over everything else, including God. We have seen it in years past. We see that in many parts of the world also.
In moments like these, we need to remember God’s word and go back to history. History has a way of teaching us. History unveils the hidden truths that a shortsighted worldview hardly pays attention.
Reading the Book of Daniel chapter 7, we notice a scary description of the boldness of evil. We notice the lies and brutality of evil and its claims to absolute power and control of everything. Animal figures, “four immense beasts”—one like a lion, another like a bear, the third like a leopard and the fourth, a more terrifying beast—were used to represent different kings who promoted evil and irreligion during those times in history.
Scholars, such as J. Gavigan, B. McCarthy, and T. B. McGovern (2005), suggest they include King Nebuchadnezzar (represented by the lion), the Medes empire as the bear, the Persian empire as the leopard and fourth include the Greek empire of Alexander the Great, followed by King Antiochus IV.
One familiar with history will see how those different Kings dared the authority of God as the sovereign Lord. At the time, it seemed evil would carry the day.
In our time such feelings may not be absent. People of good will may seem all hope is lost. Yet, before long we notice how evil is overcome by good. God has the ultimate answer.
Be assured of this, evil may have a field day for some time. In the final analysis, the Son of Justice will appear. All hope isn’t lost. We are better off if we keep an eye on the promise. You know what that means.
The Lord himself will assure the followers during turbulent times: “Do not be afraid.” (Mt 14:27). “I am in charge. It is I. I am here.”
We talk more about this tomorrow.
Rest in the confidence of divine promise. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 34 A: Dan 7:2-14; Lk 21:29-33]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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