Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Most High God - Daniel 2:46-49


Daniel told the king's dream to King Nebuchadnezzar and its interpretation. What would Nebuchanezzar make of it and what would be his response?

Daniel 2:46-49 (KJV)
46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

What did the king do after hearing the dream (verse 46)? King Nebuchadnezzar fell down in front of Daniel and worshiped Daniel as the representative of Daniel's God. What did the king command? He ordered that an offering be made unto him. What does the king acknowledge in verse 47? Nebuchadnezzar tells Daniel that Daniel's God is "a God of gods", a "Lord of kings", and a revealer of secrets. Notice that although King Nebuchadnezzar is acknowledging that God is the greatest god, he is not the only God. According to verse 48 what did the king do for Daniel? Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel a great man. He gave him many gifts. He made him the ruler over the whole province of Babylon (the home district, not some far out unimportant location!). He also made Daniel the chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Wow! What did Daniel request in verse 49? Daniel asked the king to set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. By doing this what was Daniel was able to do? With his friends taking care of a lot of the administrative duties in Babylon, Daniel was able to sit in the gate of the king. In other words, Daniel was able to work right in the heart of Babylon, where the king was.

What can we learn from this section of Daniel? God can take an obedient servant and do mighty works through him or her. Are you being obedient to God? Do you follow the Bible in how He wants you to live? God always rewards obedience, either here on earth, or one day in eternity! Has God placed you in an important place? What work do you have to do? Is He blessing you? How should you respond?


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