King Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon during a time of history in which the Noe-Babylonian Empire attained it’s peak and the city of Babylon it’s greatest glory. During his reign Nebuchadnezzar built temples in many of the cities his kingdom, but without question his greatest achievement was the rebuilding of Babylon, on a scale with a magnificence never before envisioned. In the midst of his great palace, he created a terraced cloister known as the hanging gardens which is recognized among the 7 wonders of the world. -(Information from http://www.bookrags.com/biography/nebuchadnezzar/)
King Nebuchadnezzar is a unique individual, and is widely recognized among Christian circles today. Inevitably if you asked anyone if they have heard of this man, the answer would more likely than not be a resounding yes. He is tied to great stories, for example the 3 Hebrew boys and the fiery furnace. But as I look into the life of this earthly king, I observe a selfish, ego driven individual. I see a reflection of man itself. Humanity has always been, and will always be selfish creatures, when given the option to help ourselves or help others undeniably most people choose to help themselves. In fact the business world has adopted this mentality, they call it the ladder of success. Only they don’t climb one successful venture after another until finally reaching their desired goal, instead they step on whoever is in the way, many times ruining that person’s chances of success. But who really cares? After all, your goals have been achieved. This is not a new reality, his mindset has existed since the fall of man, and good luck if you think that will ever change. Nebuchadnezzar was also a man who was consumed with his successes, and assumed that since he was successful, he as by default better than everyone else. This is another admirable trait of man, too often when we taste success, we begin to look down our noses at those less fortunate. During his blog I want to share a series of observations, in chronological order, that I believe reflect the nature of man.
In Daniel chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar dreams a dream. The dream was so intense that it troubled his spirit and woke him out of his sleep. When awoke, he was in a cold sweat, his heart troubled over a dream he had just witnessed. He called for all the wise men of Babylon; the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans, in hope that one of these men could interpret his disturbing dream. There was only one problem, He couldn’t remember the dream! The wisest of Babylon were powerless in this situation, if the king couldn’t remember the dream then how can any man interpret it? They responded, “…there is none that can show it except the gods…” The king was so furious that he passed a decree, kill all the wise men of Babylon! But Daniel volunteered his services to interpret the vision. In verse 19 the Bible gives us this…“Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision…” In Matthew 13:11, Jesus told His disciples that the reason he spoke in parables was because they don’t know the mysteries of the kingdom. Only those in covenant with him can understand those mysteries. Nebuchadnezzar couldn’t remember the dream he dreamed, but to a child of God it was revealed in a vision.
The dream described a man, whose head was made of gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. In Verse 37 Daniel tells him, your kingdom id the head of gold. God has blessed you with a great and powerful kingdom. But after you shall arise another kingdom that is inferior to yours, and after that another kingdom which is inferior. Each kingdom will become weaker and weaker, and it’s value will diminish. This obviously didn’t sit well with Nebuchadnezzar. After all the effort I spent building this kingdom, after all I’ve accomplished in making Babylon what it is today, who does this man think he is to tell me that my kingdom will diminish in strength in time! So What does this egotistical king do?
Daniel 3:1, “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold…” He built a statue of pure gold, to show the man of God that his kingdom will never lose it’s strength! Now it is believed that this image was a replica of himself. But according to what I’ve researched, it wasn’t. It was the image of the false god of Babylon. This “idol” had a reputation of being cruel, and harsh. Historians believe the reason this idea was created wasn’t because the statue looked like Nebuchadnezzar, but because Nebuchadnezzar began to look like this statue! In other words, King Nebuchadnezzar actually began to take on the form of what he worshiped! How do you think Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were able to shout in the fire? It’s because they took on the nature of the God they worshiped! Don’t ever think worship is over rated! When you live a lifestyle of worship, you will take on the nature of the God you worship! If your sick in your body, if you need deliverance, if you are in need of a miracle, don’t look to people for a solution, why not just worship God in the mess, and let him transfer his nature into your life! When you take on his nature, sicknesses are healed, lives are changed, minds are renewed!
So now we get to Daniel 4, and Nebuchadnezzar is looking over the balcony of his palace in verse 29 and proclaims in verse 30; “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?” Here is where God finally had enough. Remember the Lord has reiterated time and time again, He will not share his glory with anybody or anything! Go will let you live a selfish lifestyle,God will let you get away with false worship, he will even let you get away with demeaning behavior towards others; but if you think you will get the credit for what God has one in your life, you’ve got another thing coming! The Bible says in the same hour he was thinking these words in his heart, something he never ever thought was possible began to happen. The prophetic dream was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from his palace and became a wild beast in the fields. This indestructible man, this powerful majestic king, is now living in the fields with the animals of the earth!
After these 7 years, the Bible says, Nebuchadnezzar’s understanding returned and he lifted up his eyes to the heavens and declared, “Most High, your dominion is forever, and your kingdom from generation to generation”! All these years I thought my kingdom was unshakable, but God your kingdom is unshakable!!
Don’t wait until your living among the wild animals of this world, before you decide to worship God for who he is!