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. 45This 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.” (Daniel 2:44, 45)
Happy Saturday Friends! These first two chapters of the Book of Daniel had some great truths to extract. In Chapter 1, Daniel presents a good argument for becoming a vegetarian, a subtle truth about eating clean and how he, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, appear healthier than all the King’s court after eating just vegetables and drinking water for ten days. Then there is the demonstration of God’s power and the revealer of mysteries that magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers would not even attempt to reveal. I believe this is the first mention of “astrologers” in the Holy Bible. My Bible App on my phone disappeared and it used to feature a search bar where I could have verified this claim. I do feel like this is the first time I have read the actual term “astrologer.” This just shows the advancement in society as the Babylonian Empire took over the modern world at the time. This “advanced” society studied everything possible to seek truth: studying magic and the stars, yet the only truth was revealed to them by the only true God of existence.
There is a renewed interest in astrology as many look to their astrological signs to explain their moods. Or the phases of the moon to re-energize and meditate to. All this seems silly to me, definitely a form of idolatry as they make idols out of moons and stars instead of just turning to the Creator of the moon and the stars. Daniel proves this truth in chapter two as only the Creator of the Universe reveals the mystery of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
And near the end of Chapter Two, we read the explanation of the King’s dream by Daniel, and the coming of a kingdom that will supersede the Iron Age and become an everlasting kingdom, built on a stone cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands. This stone is, of course, the cornerstone, Jesus Christ, and this final kingdom is the Kingdom established by Jesus. We, as flawed humans, just can not seem to allow that kingdom to reign and we constantly regress to false teachings and misguided living. If only we could just surrender to the final King, give in to loving creation and loving everyone, this would not be such a bad world afterall.
Yesterday I shared Jonathan Traylor’s newest single, but I forgot to mention he also dropped an EP, which you can hear by clicking here. For today’s Song-of-the Day, I present to you the new one from UPPERROOM:
Reading plan: Hebrews 10
Deeper reading plan: Daniel 1, 2