Iron Mixed With Clay

Q. Re: Daniel 2:41. ” And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.” I once heard a speaker say, “Iron mixed with miry clay; how else would someone in Daniel’s day describe something being built of reinforced concrete? “

A. I’ve heard this before and while it’s a popular notion, I always refer people to the fact that in Daniel 2:41-43 the prophet was describing a mixture of iron and clay that’s weak and cannot remain united. The purpose of reinforcing concrete with iron rods is to make it stronger and less likely to come apart. And remember, the whole statue was symbolic of gentile kingdoms. It wasn’t meant to be taken literally.

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