So my wife and I were watching A Christmas Story last night. It’s a favorite with us. What started as a low-budget movie in 1983 has become a Christmas movie classic. And one might think that such a movie wouldn’t have anything to do with the Signposts. But embedded in the visuals and the script was a lesson about the Empire of the Iron Legs pulverizing as Daniel 2:40 says. The word for “pulverizing” or “crushing” comes from deqaq (Strong’s #1855).
Towards the end of the movie, there was Ralphie shooting with his new Red Ryder 200-shot air rifle. The BB hits the target and ricochets back to him and knocks off his glasses. Not being able to see a thing without them, there they are lying on the ground.
But his careful search for them was in vain as he steps on them, you hear the “crunch” and then you hear the narrator, the adult Ralphie, declaring “oh no, pulverized.”
As he picks up what is left of his glasses, one lens is missing, the other is hopelessly cracked and one of the temples which fit over the ears is bent at a right angle to where it should be.
It was the “pulverized” that got my attention. Look at the first picture of the glasses, the “before.” Then look at the second picture of the glasses, the “after,” after it became pulverized. Greece, and Babylon, and Persia can each be thought of as a pair of glasses. Rome left them all untouched. Before Rome and after Rome, those empires all continued with their culture, their religion, and their language. The lens and the temples continued to function as always – the glasses being wearable and giving correction to eyesight. Babylon continued to speak Akkadian. The Greek realm continued to speak Greek. Zeus and Zoroastrianism continued.
But look at the broken glasses – the ones that are “pulverized.” That would be the Greek realms, Babylon and Persia after Islam conquered them and occupied them for centuries. According to the Bible and specifically Daniel 2:40 these empires were to all be pulverized. Look how different the glasses look afterwards. They are not wearable. Neither lens provides correction. There’s Ralphie trying to wear them and thinking of pretending that nothing is wrong.
One lens is missing just like the empires’ missing languages. One temple is bent so the glasses aren’t wearable juts like the empires’ change in culture. What happened to the gold head and silver chest of the statue, happened to those glasses. Rome didn’t do it. Islam did. Any questions?
Lastly, to all my readers of the book and visitors to this blog, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and may you know and experience Our Messiah’s love and presence. To Him who is able to do more than all we expect or imagine, to Him be all the glory and praise, Amen.