The book of Daniel concludes with more words about the end of days and the eventual world to come. There’s a lot in it, both positive and negative, but one verse stood out to me as something truly beautiful. “And the wise will shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who bring the multitudes to righteousness like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).” There are two layers of love that drew me to this verse. The first is that I like that both those who are wise and those who positively influence others are acknowledged. There’s a merit to being wise, of course, but if all of that wisdom is kept in the theoretical realm, a disservice to humanity is being done. Rather, it’s incumbent on those who are wise (in any category/definition of the term) to share that with the world and to create a positive impact and change in others. The second layer is that when I see the juxtaposition of bright sky and stars, I think about two favorites: Number the Stars, a book I loved as a kid, and Music of the Night, my favorite song from Phantom of the Opera. Yes, I am an unapologetic nerd, in multiple ways. All of this is to say that the blanket definitions of day as bright/good and night as dark/bad don’t sit well with me, and this made me think about the beauty of a night sky and the mysteries that it holds.
And with that, we’re done with Daniel! This book has been very interesting – it was largely unfamiliar to me, which I’ve seen as both good and bad, and I liked the esoteric texts within. Next up is Ezra, a book that I’m even less familiar with – I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever read even any excerpts from it before. 841 chapters down, 88 to go!