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October 29, 2014

Wednesday

 

Daniel: From a displaced person to prime minister of Babylon

Daniel 2:47-49
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. 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.  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.

 

LESSON

 

Daniel and his three friends were part of the nobles and royal families taken from Jerusalem as captives. “In selecting these youths for education in the king’s court in Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar was accomplishing several objectives. Those carried away captive could well serve as hostages to help keep the royal family of the kingdom of Judah in line. Their presence in the king’s court also would be a pleasant reminder to the Babylonian king of his conquest and success in battle. Further, their careful training and preparation to be his servants might serve Nebuchadnezzar well in later administration of Jewish affairs.”

Nebuchadnezzar was shocked by Daniel’s telling and explaining his dream. He responded by honoring Daniel by falling down before him. He also presented “an offering and incense” to Daniel, indicating that he viewed him as the representative of God. Nebuchadnezzar then verbally acknowledged the greatness of God. Only Daniel’s God had been able to reveal the  mystery of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The king rewarded Daniel with many gifts and made him the ruler of the province of Babylon and administrator over the wise men. Nebuchadnezzar also granted Daniel’s request to give positions to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. God was in control.

In all that we do, if we would only remember that God is in control.

 

Memory Verses: Acts 4: 13-14

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