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Weekly Devotionals

The God-ness of God

36 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. 37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.

39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” – Daniel 2:36-45

This is the famous passage concerning the prophet Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Statue of Kingdoms. The entire chapter is more than worth the read but what we have here is just the interpretation portion in which the King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian kingdom is revealed to be the head of gold and the other sections of the body, other great kingdoms to follow before God sets up His own kingdom that will one day displace them all forever. Due to the vantage point of history, biblical scholars have largely agreed that the other kingdoms represented in this statue dream are as follows: the chest and arms of silver represent the Kingdom of the Medes and Persians, the belly and thighs of bronze represent the Kingdom of Greece, the legs of iron represent the Kingdom of Rome, and the feet of iron and clay represent some derivative kingdoms of the Roman Empire. Where again, God will thereafter establish forever, His Kingdom on Earth.

Now though there are sooooo many wonderful things that we can glean from this passage, what I’d like for us to focus on for this devotion is the “god-ness” of God. For what other religion comes even close to the boldness of Christianity by citing not just historical nations and kingdoms, but citing the greatest that the world has ever seen, WHILE claiming that they are just like chaff before the coming Kingdom of God??!! As inspiring as it can be, the best that other religions have is perhaps a helpful philosophical insight about life or some application points towards a brighter future for ourselves. However, it’s a whole other category of inspiration and hope when our trust is placed in a faith that has the audacity to declare the fate of the greatest empires in the history of mankind as if it were yesterday’s news!!

The Lord God did so, because He could, because He alone can. AND, not to mention that this is the same God who made us, saved us, and loves us with His perfect love that drives out all fear to die on the cross to pay for our sins while we were yet sinners that we may not join the fate of the “great” kingdoms of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. So let us start this day and week in the astounding truth that not only are we those loved by God, but those who are loved by God who is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. That the same God who revealed the history of the world through the prophet Daniel is the same God who is calling us to Himself that we may have the joy, honor, and blessing of being able to live our one in the service of His good, pleasing, and perfect will. AMEN!!!