Today, we are reading 1 Chronicles 8:29-40, 1 Chronicles 9:1, Daniel 4, and Ezekiel 40:1-37. Do you have a favorite? I love history, so the Old Testament is lots of fun for me (well, most of the time!). It’s remarkable how the Bible always has a lesson for us, and how we can apply the Word from ages ago to this very moment. When you are done reading, come on back!
Daniel 4 has too much for a minute!
As Nebuchadnezzar is enjoying the benefits and blessings of God, he has also detached himself from the poor, far away from their concerns and troubles:
“King Nebuchadnezzar to everyone, everywhere—every race, color, and creed: “Peace and prosperity to all! It is my privilege to report to you the gracious miracles that the High God has done for me.‘His miracles are staggering, His wonders are surprising. His kingdom lasts and lasts. His sovereign rule goes on forever’. I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home taking it easy in my palace, without a care in the world” (Daniel 4:1-7 MSG)
Taking it easy, without a care in the world, when a dream disturbs him. Daniel is able to interpret and offers a warning:
“So, king, take my advice: Make a clean break with your sins and start living for others. Quit your wicked life and look after the needs of the down-and-out. Then you will continue to have a good life” (Daniel 4:27 MSG)
Sadly, Nebuchadnezzar does not heed Daniel’s warning. As he continues to ignore the needs of his people, he shifts from being a RULER to being RULED himself – as we read further in the chapter, we see that the consequences were severe.
And there’s our lesson, written ages ago, instructing us in this very moment: look after the needs of others as you trust God to look after your needs!