Daniel 4

This reading is Daniel 4.

King Nebuchadnezzar praises God in the beginning of the chapter, but as it unfolds it is clear that he did not worship and trust in him as the one true God. There is a distinction between profession (saying you believe) and possession (truly believing).

One would think that Daniel would consider the king to be an enemy, but Daniel was clearly upset at the interpretation of the dream and what it meant for the king.

The king was the most important man on the planet, but he held no power compared to God. Everyone should keep this passage in mind when criticizing God or acting as if the universe would run better if we were in charge:

Daniel 4:34-35 . . .At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

Kings would often practice “Russian history,” which means to modify historical records to leave out the embarrassing parts. Notably, the Bible does not do this. Even the most revered figures such as King David have many embarrassing failures documented. Still, one can infer from Babylonian historical records that for a period of time Nebuchadnezzar did not rule.

The next reading is Daniel 5.

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