Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good Graces

Daniel 4: 1-3
1 [a]King Nebuchadnezzar,
To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth:
May you prosper greatly!

2 It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

3 How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
his dominion endures from generation to generation.

At the beginning of this chapter, King Nebuchadnezzar decides to reveal another dream he had.  Knowing how strong Daniel's faith is, he acknowledges God with praises.  He tells the nations he is over about the wonders of God and how awesome he is.  This man, a heathen, praises Daniel's God.  Is it because he really is impressed with God?  Is it because he wants something?  Why would someone who doesn't love God, spread his praises?  This, my friends, is called change.  King Nebuchanezzar's words in verse three sound more like King David's psalms.  He is changing, but he is not totally convinced yet, as we will see later.  But he respects Daniel and wants to be in Daniel's good graces.  He does this probably to make sure that the God who blesses Daniel will bless him.  Maybe he isn't totally convined yet, but why take that chance?

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