I have some things that are really interesting I'm working on, but today's Sunday School and worship were stupendous but tiring, and tonight's small faith group went long, so I'm saving them for tomorrow. Meanwhile, here is something short:
A La Andy Rooney, "Didja ever notice..." Nebuchadnezzar's statue...
Daniel 2:31-33: "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.' "
The metals represent kingdoms current to Daniel's time and in the future. The metals go from top to bottom in order of worth. Gold is the most precious metal on earth, then silver, then brass and then iron which is not worth anything on the precious metals market. As time goes on, all the kingdoms decrease in worth and value. Inversely, the metals, though they decrease in value, increase in strength. Gold is the softest metal, iron is pretty strong.
The metals are symbols of kingdoms. Daniel's interpretation is here: (Dan 2:36-43)