Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Daniel has a dream of four beasts rising from the ocean. His dream interpreter explains to him that these beasts represent four kings who will rule over the land. But also that the one true king (God) will prevail over all earthly authority.
A curious song of praise that also serves as a rallying cry to battle for the people of Israel. First, it calls them to joyful praise of God and every moment in the day and to humility in all that they do. Then, there is the image of the two-edged sword, which they are to wield against all other nations and punish them for their godlessness.
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul exhorts them to remember that they are inheritors of God’s kingdom by putting their faith in Jesus. He prays for them to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation about them, so that when they, themselves pray, it will be revealed to them what God intends for them to do. Finally, he asserts the primacy of Jesus as the singular godhead figure to which all eyes and hearts should be oriented.
In Luke’s version of this speech, the ones who are to be blessed are the poor, the hungry and those who are hated and marginalized. Immediately, Jesus contrasts this with a judgment on those who are rich, have a full stomach or who are held up in high regard in society. He warns those listening to repay hate with love and violence with peace. When struck, we are advised to turn the other cheek. And if someone bags from something from us, we are to give it with no exception and no expectation of getting it back.
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