This is the conclusion of the chapter about a dream of king Nebuchadnezzar, with the interpretation of Daniel and what is to happen next.   In Monday’s blog I mentioned the lyric, “Oh, will they ever learn.”  That still applies to today’s passage as well.  We continue to see all kinds of idolatry and corruption that I would prefer not to describe their details in this setting.  Needless to say, that lyric still rings true down through the ages. 

Next we find King Nebuchadnezzar walking in his palace saying, “Is not this great Babylon that I have built in the house of the kingdom by the might of my power?”  After all this, his arrogance and pride continue to astound me.  Then he hears a voice from Heaven saying, “It is done, thy kingdom has departed from thee.”  Now Nebuchadnezzar seems to have lost his mind.  He lives like an ox in the field eating the grass.  This was a seven year sentence on him.  Then after the time was accomplished, he was restored and his kingdom as well.  Nebuchadnezzar tells the story himself.  This is the only place in the Old Testament that is written in a language other than Hebrew.  Nebuchadnezzar writes of his restoration of health and secures the kingdom and completely give God the glory. 

After reading this passage I am reminded of how often we need to deal with pride that creeps into our heart.  For one thing, I would not like to eat grass.  Perhaps with ranch dressing it might be alright.  Nevertheless, unless God does something through me, it is worthless.


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