Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Miry Clay

The phrase miry clay only appears three times in the Bible. Twice it is used in the context of Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's vision of the statue, which we know to be the four kingdoms that ruled or will rule the earth prior to the return of Yeshua Ha'Mashiyach, the Lord Jesus Christ. The first occurrence, known to define terms in the Scripture, is from a Psalm of David, thanking the Lord for deliverance. Psalm 40 proceeds to worship the Lord for His wonderful works, and is a declaration of love and adoration for His gift of the Holy Spirit filling the heart of the believer.

The use of this term later in Daniel adds depth to the revelation that David describes in Psalm 40. 

The miry clay represents the toes of the statue vision: they represent the fourth major world kingdom of the Antichrist, iron mixed with miry clay. Thus we see that Psalm 40 was an inspired prophecy given to David by the Lord to warn of the end time methods of Satan, mingling with the seed of men. The glorious outcome of all of this is also foretold in Scripture, as the Word describes the establishment of the reign of Christ in similar terms (pay close attention to verse 9):

Psalm 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Psalm 2:2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Psalm 2:3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Psalm 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Psalm 2:5  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Psalm 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psalm 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psalm 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Psalm 2:9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Psalm 2:10  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Psalm 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The rule of Christ during the millennium will break the forces of darkness with the same iron they sought to use against God, and dash them in pieces like a clay pot on the potter's wheel.

Give praise to the Lord, for He will deliver the faithful out of the pit of the wicked kingdoms of this world and out of the miry clay of fallen humanity and dark angels, and set our feet upon the solid rock of the kingdom of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise Him for His wonderful works.

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