Thursday, August 4, 2011

3 Audacious Claims in Daniel

This is supposedly a statue of King Nebuchadnezzar.
In each chapter of Daniel 2-4, a statement of challenge is made about God that the unfolding events disproves.

Daniel 2: When commanded by the king to not only interpret his dream but also to tell him what he dreamed, the king's counselors reply, "There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks!  No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.  What the king asks is too difficult.  No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live with men" (2:10-11 NIV).

Daniel's God, however, proves the counselors wrong, and reveals in the process the inferiority of both the counselors and their gods.

Daniel 3: Infatuated with himself and furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, King Nebuchadnezzar orders them to worship his image.  "But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.  Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?"  (3:15 NIV, emphasis added)

Well, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worship can rescue them from his hand.  And in the end, Nebuchadnezzar is praising Him (3:28).

Daniel 4: King Nebuchadnezzar returns in Daniel 4 to make another audacious claim.  Though warned of his pride, he does not check it, and, admiring the view from his roof, indulges in self-worship: "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?"  (4:30 NIV)

At that moment God begins a humbling process in the life of King Nebbie, and later he comes to acknowledge that everything he has is from God and that "Heaven rules" (4:26), even when Nebbie is king.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Dear Kent, A careful study of the Word of God by anyone shows that "self worship," is what the war between good and evil is all about. ANY ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE -- ANY -- in any, form, shape or off color is rebellion, no less, against ALMIGHTY GOD Who really is GOD, Himself, Who is alone good (Matthew 19:17) and Who alone forgives sins (Luke 5:19-21). They say that clever crooks could go far if they put their mind to better purposes. But then, even Satan deceives himself to think he can fight against God and win. So why should we be surprised that he would tempt humanity to do the same? (Genesis 3:4-5) And for that matter Satan even tried this wily, old trick on Jesus. But he was flatly rejected, which was something the first Adam didn't do (Luke 4:3-12 with 1 Corinthians 15:45 and Philipppians 2:7-9). --Dad