Jody finishes up the last of chapter eight and plunges onward into chapter nine as this year’s study follows Daniel through a lifetime of faithfulness following God.
Ah, I can hear them now, the remarks about the foolishness of belief—snide words: “He is risen! April Fools! Just kidding!” Only fools could believe this resurrection mythology. The life of Jesus ended, not with a bang, but with a sneer. Use your head. How appropriate such nonsense falls upon April Fools Day!
There are many who see followers of Jesus as “hollow men; stuffed men, leaning together, headpiece filled with straw”; deluded people leaning on empty promises, living in a world destined to end with a whimper. **
Count me among the April foolish. I don’t mind. I am grateful for the convergence of days because it means that this year I can stand with the Apostle Paul and declare “we are fools for Christ.” I can openly rejoice in the triumphant foolishness of God that is wiser than I am. I can rest in the confidence of what Frederick Buechner calls the Magnificent Defeat. *
This year on April Fool’s Day I will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. On that day I will declare I am nobody’s fool. I am a fool for Christ.
Whose fool are you?
*Reference to The Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner.
**Words taken from The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot
Having put the rigors of Chapter 7 behind us, Jody begins to explore Daniel 8.
More exploring in a challenging chapter filled with dreams, visions and amazing images. It’s some pretty tough going as Jody attempts to discover the meanings in this chapter. Join her as she steps into the time machine that is Daniel 7.
Notes for the next section of the Sonship Study on overcoming have been uploaded. Point to the “Notes” tab and click on “Montavilla Sunday AM”
Jody is in “cryogenic” Saskatchewan helping facilitate a prayer summit for the pastors and leaders of Saskatoon.
Meanwhile, Dan fills in teaching from verses 9-18. Who are these magnificent persons in the throne room? Who is the “rider on the clouds”? And who are these standing around? What are they waiting for?