In Daniel 8, the angel Gabriel explains to God’s prophet Daniel the nature of a specific evil pagan king who is coming down history’s chute. Daniel, about 500 years before Jesus will be born, has been allowed to see a vision representing the next few colossal kingdom shifts in the world, and in particular given special insight into one future king.
By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken—but by no human hand.
I just want to take a quick minute point out that it is the nature of bad rulers to be proud. From Pharaoh in Exodus to the beast in Revelation, Belshazzar in Daniel to Herod in the Gospels, from Nero to Stalin Kim Jong Un, bad kings want to set themselves up as gods. They want to be worshiped. They want to be feared. They want to be adored. They want your hearts and your money and your very selves. And they will react violently when they don’t get them.
Contrast that with the King of Kings.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Two very different pictures, Daniel 8 and John 13.
The Bible does a good job of our preparing our eyes for tyrants, and preparing our hearts for the true King.
The One whose hand will break all the unbreakable tyrants.