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God is the real King

“Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. […] And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:39, 44)

King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is about an image representing future empires that will rule over the earth, and about God’s kingdom that will ultimately take over and bring all human kingdoms to an end. Daniel does not mince his words: however powerful king Nebuchadnezzar might be and however glorious his kingdom, only “the God of heaven” has ultimate control over all the earth. This is a lesson that king Nebuchadnezzar will have to learn in his life, among other things through dreams.

Daniel acknowledges the king’s position. He addresses him as “the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all” (Daniel 2:37-38). Daniel’s attitude is respectful, but at the same time he stresses that Nebuchadnezzar is “just” a human being who owes his privileged position to God. Daniel is serving the king with his gifts, but his life is devoted to the Lord, Who really is the “God of gods and Lord of kings”.

Do you believe that God has everything in His hands, including world politics?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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