Dr. James C. Denison
President, Center for Informed Faith, Dallas, TX
February 3, 2011
Pyramids and peace
The “leaderless revolution” continues this morning in Egypt, but events yesterday turned violent as pro-Mubarak supporters turned out to fight the demonstrators. This morning’s Wall Street Journal reports that three people were killed and more than 600 wounded in street fighting. Who was supporting the embattled president?
CNN tells us that many were government employees or people working for the national petrochemical company. Amnesty International states that the Mubarak government has long hired people to subject the people to the will of the government. Whatever its source, this counter-revolt has greatly escalated the violence in Egypt.
Meanwhile, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman tells of meeting a retired Israeli general at a Tel Aviv hotel. He began their conversation by stating to Friedman: “Everything we thought for the last 30 years is no longer relevant.” Such is the significance of Egypt to affairs in the Middle East and stability around the globe.
Egypt has long been a unique country. When you think of the nation, the pyramids come first to mind. There are about 100 identifiable ancient pyramids in Egypt. The most famous were constructed during the Old Kingdom (2700-2400 B.C.) The Great Pyramid of Giza was built by Cheops (his Egyptian name was Khufu) and was considered the first of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
It remains the largest building by volume on the face of the earth. It could hold more than 30 Empire State Buildings within its walls. It originally stood 484 feet high, though now it is about 454 feet high, equivalent to a modern 50-story building.
There are 203 steps to its summit; the four triangular sides slope at an angle of about 52 degrees. Less than 1/50 of an inch separates the individual blocks. The cement used is extremely strong, and defies chemical analysis. The pyramid encases numerous galleries and chambers, with intricate passages and airshafts. Alexander the Great and Napoleon spent time in its King’s Chamber.
While the pyramids remain, the pharaohs who built them have been gone for millennia. Now the entrenched government in Egypt is changing as well. No country’s future is guaranteed. Nations rise and fall, but the Lord is still on the throne of the universe. King David proclaimed that “the Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:7-10).
Have you sought him yet today?