2006-10-15 - Daniel
Verses 46-49: And so how does Nebuchadnezzar respond? He falls before Daniel worshiping him as a representative of God - and acknowledges God's supremacy over all other gods. It isn't surprising that he worships Daniel because of his paganism, but the important thing is that for the first time, he is being introduced to the one true God.
And for Daniel, the result is an elevation to a position of power and authority in Babylon. And at his requests, he has his friends elevated into positions of authority as well. Now Daniel is in an even better position to serve God in the midst of a dark and fallen kingdom. Daniel's position is a shadow of the truth that God controls the world, be it Jewish or Gentile, and works all things to His purposes.
Conclusion: This passage has a promise of hope and comfort, for the chaos of the world's governments will end with a perfect one. There hasn't been a one-world power since the fall of Rome. And with the exception of Satan's attempt to establish a one-world government during the Tribulation, there won't be one until Christ's benevolent dictatorship.
"Man's boast of ruling this earth and establishing a utopia will end in the dismal dstruction of this so-called civilization. It is hard for us to get this fact in our thinking: We live in a world that is judged. This world is not on trial. God is going to end man's little day down here. God's kingdom will prevail, and for one thousand years the earth will be tested under the personal reign of Christ." 6
This is the world we live in, a world facing judgment. But of more concern, the lost are facing personal judgment and an eternity of separation from God. This is to be our concern as His witnesses. It is this truth we want to drive home.
Dr. McGee expresses it this way:
"I hear people say, 'I'll take my chances.' My unsaved friend, you do not have a chance. You are lost. You are without God. You have no capacity for God. All you have in your heart is perhaps a little desire to be religious. But, my friend, you need to trust Christ as Savior, and that is not easy to do, is it? It is not easy to bow to Him and to acknowledge Him. However, either you are going to come to that Stone, or that Stone is coming to you. I'd rather come to the Stone." 7
We live in a world desperately needing peace. We live amongst people who are headed down a road of destruction. We are the only ones who have answers that lead to salvation and peace, both in this world and the next. Let us not ever forget that our purpose here is to be instruments of God's message of hope.
I will serve Thee because I love Thee;