Follow the One True God (Daniel 4:1-8)

King Nebuchadnezzar,

To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world:

May you prosper greatly!

2 It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

3     How great are his signs,

how mighty his wonders!

His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;

his dominion endures from generation to generation.

4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. 5 I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. 6 So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me. 7 When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me. 8 Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.)  (Daniel 4:1-8)

Learn it:

            Chapter 4 is an interesting one because it is the only writing in the Bible that is written by a pagan!  Most of this section is written from the viewpoint of King Nebuchadnezzar.  It starts out as a letter where Nebuchadnezzar is giving glory and praise to God.  He recognizes that God is doing works and miracles among him.  Then he shifts gears in verse four and begins to tell of another dream that he had.  Again, he turns to his own magicians and enchanters, but they are unable to interpret the dream for him.  Then Daniel comes in and gives the king some hope. 

            In verse eight the Nebuchadnezzar felt it was important to remind us what his Babylonian name was and the meaning behind it.  His new name was Belteshazzar which is the name of the Babylonian God he worshipped.  Nebuchadnezzar also recognized that there was a spirit of a holy god within Daniel.  Unfortunately, the king did not recognize that it was the one true God.  Even though he has seen the God of Israel do miracles he still believed in other false gods, so he was still not a true follower of the Lord. 

Live it:

            When a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ they must repent from their sin and turn from following false gods.  We can tell that Nebuchadnezzar is probably not a true follow of God because he the language he uses in this passage shows that he still recognizes the powers of other false gods.  The Bible makes it clear that there is only one true God.  He is the one that came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ and his followers are to follow Him alone.  We should not worship idols.  We must look to Jesus for hope and nothing else can satisfy us but Him alone.

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