DayBreaks for 8/10/15: The Stone That Became a Mountain
There is a movie starring Hugh Grant by the name of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain that tells the true story of a Welsh village that took great pride in their “mountain”. There was only one problem: when the surveyors came, they found that it actually lacked a few feet of height to truly be labeled a mountain…so it was just a hill. The villagers were incensed but came up with an ambitious idea: they would haul dirt and sod up to the top of the hill where they would pile it up until it was tall enough to be a mountain. And that is just what they did!
Daniel 2 relays the story of Daniel being given not just the meaning of the king’s dream, but also the meaning of it. The dream revolved around a series of coming kingdoms which would all be alike in some ways – except for one. In succession, Daniel lays out the Babylonian kingdom, the kingdom of the Medes and Persians, the Grecian kingdom under Alexander, the mighty Roman empire – and notes that they all will come and will go. But then he mentions another kingdom that certainly seems puny in comparison: As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. – Daniel 2:32-35 (ESV)
This stone would be Jesus and though it begins small – with just the God/man to start with and a small handful of followers during his lifetime – Christianity has grown to fill the whole earth. It is estimated that there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world. Islam ranks second with 1.6 billion adherents. Jesus said he would build His church and hell itself couldn’t overcome it. The stone, cut out by no human hand, will shatter all worldly kingdoms. More amazingly, the stone grows to become a great mountain that fills the earth.
How does a stone become a great mountain? Only by Divine intervention, when we, who are “living stones”, are piled one upon another, one stone at a time until we become part of a great mountain, the eternal kingdom of God!
PRAYER: We praise you that you are a God who keeps His word, and that your kingdom, in spite of the odds, is great and everlasting! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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