DARING TO MAKE A STAND – A BIBLE STUDY OF DANIEL CHAPTERS 1-6 – PART 9

A Legacy of Searching for Messiah

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46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”

48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. 49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.”  Daniel 2:1-49 NIV

We’ve explored Daniel’s courage in the face of King Nebuchadnezzar’s threats and how he was able not only to interpret the king’s dream, but also to describe the dream.  We see that in verse 24, Daniel ensured that the lives of the other wise men be spared.

Here’s the outcome of Daniel’s time with the king and the interpreting of the dream.  When Daniel reveals the dream and its interpretation to the king, the king fell prostrate before Daniel and acknowledges that Daniel’s God is the God of gods, and appoints Daniel to be a chief administrator over the wise men.

Before we move on to the next chapter, let’s pause here for a moment and reflect on Mathew 2 in the New Testament.  If we think about the Christmas story, we will recall there were wise men from the east that came searching for a King. The wise men from the east were told that the King would be born in Bethlehem.  I’ve always found it unusual that the wise men from the east were the one’s looking for Messiah.  Daniel may have just cleared up that mystery.

Don’t be influenced by the world, be an influencer of the world. 

This might be speculation, but could it be that since Daniel was the Chief Administrator of the wise men of the east (although this was several hundred years before Jesus), that Daniel had an influence on the wise men who would come searching for Messiah?   Daniel left a legacy of searching for the Messiah.  What legacy are you leaving behind?

Daniel took his leadership role and influence and always pointed people to God.  I find this absolutely amazing!

Nebuchadnezzar brought Daniel and his friends to Babylon and intended to assimilate them to the Babylonian culture.  In the end though, Daniel became the Chief Administrator of the wise men and instead influenced the wise men of Babylon to search out the Messiah!

Lord forgive my self-centeredness.  There are so many times I take credit for what ought to be given to God.  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray… amen. 

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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