Are the gods of Babylon the great more powerful than the God of Judah?
That is a central question running through the stories of Daniel 1-6. In chapter one, Nebuchadnezzar would have naturally assumed that the answer was yes, since Jerusalem had crumbled under his mighty power. But we are told otherwise. The Lord had given his people into the hands of Babylon for a time. The clock was ticking.
What Nebuchadnezzar didn’t know in chapter one, he learns very clearly through the events of chapter two. A troubling dream leaves him unsettled and he demands that his team of spiritual advisors, the representatives of his gods, do the seemingly impossible. Tell him the dream and its interpretation or die!
Daniel and his friends – still in their training program – almost become casualties in the fallout. But the Lord comes through for them again. With confidence in their sovereign God, they pray and “the God of gods and Lord of kings, the revealer of mysteries” answers. Their lives (and the lives of all the other spiritual advisors in Babylon) are spared and Nebuchadnezzar receives his first powerful lesson of who truly sits on the highest throne.
“The God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory” (Daniel 2:37) to him and that kingdom would one day come to an end, as would every powerful kingdom to follow on the day when God’s King would establish his eternal reign upon the earth.
Like Nebuchadnezzar, we can fall under the same ignorant assumption that our nation will have no end. We need this reminder to bless “the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might… [who] changes times and seasons… removes kings and sets up kings; [giving] wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding (Daniel 2:20-21)” and live for the coming day when “the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44).”
Erik Thoennes will be preaching this Sunday and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare.
See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come hungry!
SONG OF THE WEEK
The Lamb, the Lion, the King by Meredith Andrews
One day we’ll hear Your Name
From every nation
You’ll walk through the Eastern Gate
For Your coronation
All hail the One True King
Who reigns for eternity
And every living thing
Will join their voice and sing