A KING’S TROUBLED MIND

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

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This problem of thinking that we are gods goes all the way back in human development. Megalomania is the side effect of sinful, human pride—it misses the target of what we should rightfully be aiming for.

 

One of the original commandments God gave to Moses was this injunction that we have no other gods in place of the true, living God. If a human agency or authority requires you to bow to the state as the supreme authority, it is a question of whom you worship.

 

What happens to people that pursue power and control over others? They easily conflate their own image to that which must be ultimately worshipped. This is apparent in King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The story is told in the 2nd chapter of Daniel of a common mistake that can happen to people with power and control.

 

Nebuchadnezzar had a terrifying dream and so he summoned those who practiced magic, those who practiced evil magic and those who studied the stars. He asked them to guess what he dreamed and then explain the meaning to him. How were they supposed to know what he dreamed of?

 

They replied that he was asking for something that no king had ever asked for. They would not risk guessing what was in his mind and this infuriated him. He ordered that all the wise men in Babylon be rounded up and put to death. Clearly, they could not give him what he wanted.

 

When Daniel heard about this, he went to the king and said that he would explain the dream but needed more time to pray and ask God for the details. The king agreed. When Daniel returned, God had given him a vision that described the dream accurately.

 

He told King Nebuchadnezzar that he was lying in bed thinking about the future when he saw an image. It was a towering image of a man that had a head of gold, upper body of silver, midsection of bronze, legs of iron and feet of clay. It was a vision of the future kingdoms that would follow his own kingdom. He was the head of gold and had received his authority from God Almighty.

 

The king bowed before Daniel and acknowledged that Daniel’s God was true. This was the dream and the meaning fit. He honoured Daniel by putting him in charge of Babylon and the surrounding towns. Daniel asked and was given permission to have his own exiled countrymen Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego assist him in that role.

 

So now we have God’s people in high positions assisting the king of Babylon. So what could possibly go wrong with that? Isn’t that what modern Christians often pray for? Don’t we want to see our governments influenced by people that serve God?

 

Our desire is not unlike ancient Israel and Judah’s desire to have a Messiah, a prime minister or president that will establish God’s Kingdom on the earth. But time and again, Christians bet on the wrong horse. We superimpose our values on a Nebuchadnezzar and things get worse instead of better.

 

 

 

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