August 2, 2016
How can a man become so enamored of himself that he believes he is more powerful than any god, or than G*d Himself?
“Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?”
Do you see the seed of such pride in your heart? It’s there.
Actually, Nebuchadnezzar was (and you are) more powerful than any small letter “god”. Idols are worthless. That is the very meaning of the name. They gain power over us when we cede it to them in our minds and attitudes.
Yet, for Nebuchadnezzar, he was saying he was more powerful than “gods” he actually believed were gods. Worse, he was saying he was more powerful than the G*d Who had spoken wisdom through Daniel.
He knew Daniel and his three friends worshiped the true and the living G*d when he said “who is the god who can rescue from my power?” Survey the scene in any age, including ours, and with little difficulty you will see people who think of themselves in this way. They think they have all the answers and are quite willing to force those answers on their “subjects”. (After all, who is the god who knows more than they? Doesn’t the Humanist Manifesto say “no deity will save us; we must save ourselves”?)
Can it not be surmised that the most horrendous bondage, mass murder, and economic destruction have their roots in such pride?
Yet, that seed is in the heart of every member of the race of man. This calls for intentional humility before the one true G*d.
Otherwise disaster brews.