Saturday, September 10, 2005
I was reading my favorite web log, and he used a term that, for many reasons, set my wheels on a certain train of thought. The single term “feet of clay”, in reference to leadership, was the fuel of thought for this post. I had not heard that term in most of ten years. I always assumed, when I heard this clay comment, it was referring to procrastination of someone. Example: stuck in the mud or clay.
I later discovered it was a biblical reference to King Nebuchadnezzar and the council of Belteshazzar (Daniel) and a dream. In the dream the King saw a large statue with a head of solid gold, chest and arms of pure silver, belly and thighs of bronze, lower legs of iron, and the feet were a mix of iron and clay. A rock broke from a mountain, hit the feet which gave way, and smashed the entire statue into bits. The bits were so small the wind wisped them all away. The rock then turned into a huge mountain that covered the whole earth.
The feet, mixed of clay and iron, were thought to represent a divided kingdom in a later time, mixed with strong and weak factions.
Many teachers of this book allow that this mixed media statue was a timeline prophecy of Babylon as the gold head, Persia as the silver arms and chest, Greece as the bronze belly and thighs, Rome as the iron lower legs and the feet were the division of Rome and the weakness that would bring it down. The ten toes of the feet were ten nations to follow. The rock and big mountain was thought of as God reclaiming the earth. This story leads from the Old Testament to further connect to the book of Revelation at the end of the New Testament.
The dream is interesting to me because the colossus was built from the most common elements at the feet to the least common at the head. It sounds like an affordable project to start and an expensive one to finish. Shows you Jed's simple mind.
There is the question of which toe is America. I guess the U.S.S.R. has done been toed...I crack me up!
:: posted by Tennessee Jed, 6:06 PM
As in the U.S.S.R is no longer an entity as such and they got told! I get it. You're so funny.
ye crack me up too, sir. verr fine post.
Thank mountain girl for the explanation. I have to remember to read your posts with a drawl from now on!