This Sunday we will be continuing our series “Kingdoms in Conflict.” Last Sunday we spoke about the alliance of nations that will follow the Antichrist in the attempt to conquer Israel and make war at Armageddon. That was the feet of iron and clay in Nebuchadnezzars’ dream; and though we can’t really say for sure; there are some clues in the text that help us to understand the nature of the alliance, the number of nations and their ultimate demise; as Jesus sets up His Kingdom that will never end!
This week we are moving on to the passage where Nebuchadnezzar decides to set up an image in his honor. Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar earlier, had proclaimed that Daniel's God is the god of Gods the Lord of Kings but he doesn't really believe it in his heart. He is not convicted of the fact. What is conviction anyway? You come to a fork in the road, a decision that needs to be made. Do you turn left or right? Do you stay where you are and not choose a side? If you have personal convictions on the matter, you know what you have to do.
Nebuchadnezzar is not a man of conviction. He is a man who has selfish desires/ wants and needs. He is indecisive as to what he is convicted about. He is a little bit like the Rhinestone Cowboy that Glen Campbell sang about. He's a poser, a phony; he aims to look impressive with his sparkly fake gems on his cowboy jumpsuit; and he has a great desire to be worshiped and adored by the masses as he rides in the star-spangled rodeo. But there are those like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who have deep convictions and will Not bow down and worship the image and are willing to pay the consequences.
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Take heart and be blessed!