2006-11-03 - Daniel
We have talked a lot about the fact that anything that takes God's place in our lives qualifies as idolatry. But there is a second issue that arises from the actions of the three Jewish young men.
Like these young men, one of the dilemmas we may face as believers is the conflict between the laws of men and those of God. Clearly scripture teaches we are subject to the laws of men. After all, it was Paul who noted:
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves" (Romans 13:1-2).
But we find examples throughout scripture where godly men disobey the law because of a higher demand on their obedience. Certainly the passage we are considering this morning is a good example of this.
Introduction: There are significantly different responses to God from those who follow Him and those who don't. This is the case, even when He is working in the life of the unbeliever. Consider the case of Nebuchadnezzar. God has answered his concern about the future.
Nebuchadnezzar received dreams that gave him the future history of the 'Age of the Gentiles.' And through Daniel, God explained what was to come from the Babylonian empire all the way through the Millennial Age.
So, what was Nebuchadnezzar's initial response? He worshiped Daniel, promoted him and his friends, and acknowledged God. But his acknowledgement of God did not mean he was willing to follow Him.
To be continued.
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