Pastor Andrew's Message
Community in Quarantine
‘“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”’
What stops wheels falling off? Well, in modern times, there’s locking wheel nuts on our cars, and complex quick release systems on our bikes, but for hundreds of years, there was a simple method of keeping wheels on axle: a linchpin. A small pin inserted across the end of an axle to stop a wheel falling off. It was an essential part of the system, without which, the wheels would literally fall off!
If you’ve not read the rest of Daniel 2, I encourage you to take a look at it as it shows the deepening relationship between Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar and also Daniel and God. But the above verses are the end of Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about a colossal statue made of many different materials which is ultimately destroyed and replaced by a rock cut from a mountain not by human hands, but by God. Don’t worry if you find it strange or confusing, but this whole chapter is pointing towards the linchpin of the bible: what we read about in the New Testament - the Kingdom of God revealed through Jesus.
Even in Daniel 2, 600 years before Jesus was born, the linchpin of history is pointed to. God was revealing through Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation that all history in centred around this moment when something and someone greater will come, not from human hands, but from heaven. As we reflect on this, 2600 years after these words were written, and 2000 years after they were fulfilled in Jesus, we can find comfort in the linchpin of history. Nothing is unknown to God, and we are part of this story which began at creation, and will be fulfilled when Christ comes again.
What stops the wheels falling off? Jesus! He is the linchpin.