The Golden Head of Babylon
In the book of Daniel, we find four accounts of King Nebuchadnezzar, the first king of Babylon. (Daniel chapter 1-4) I believe Nebuchadnezzar was, in the end, a believer, and that we will meet good ol’ Nebby in heaven. Strange to think about, but as I read through Daniel, I realized that the fourth account about his life is in the first person.
Breath of God – As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. God has used certain men through the ages to explain a part of His plan for us. So if Nebuchadnezzar was writing in the first person, he was being led by God to record the transformation in his life.
No One Seeks God – Out of His mercy, he seeks us out where we are – otherwise we would never find Him. Christ is described as the “Hound of Heaven” and in the story of Nebuchadnezzar, pre-incarnate Jesus Christ displayed His power and sovereignty when He saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the furnace. And for the second time, Nebuchadnezzar had to acknowledge the true God of Heaven. But God wasn’t going to leave it there.
God Chastens Those He Loves – It wasn’t enough that Nebuchadnezzar spoke highly of the Lord with his words. God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to honor Him in his heart. So God warned him through a dream to recognize his place in the universe – or he would be shown his place in it. We read in the fourth chapter, his first hand account of the change God brought about in his heart. From a much more humble voice, Nebuchadnezzar esteems God and declares His power over all things.
In the end of Nebuchadnezzar’s story, all I can say is… God is so kind. That He would teach us and mold us so that we can live forever with Him in eternity. He didn’t have to! Then He took the punishment we deserved so that we could inherit what is rightfully His. I know that I will be eternally grateful for His mercy toward me.
Be safe. Use Wisdom. God Bless.