daniel 1, part 2

So, on Tuesday, I talked about Daniel. Now, let’s take a look at Nebuchadnezzar.

First, we need some background information. Egypt and Babylon were at war, and Israel was allies with Egypt. So, Babylon, under the command of King Nebuchadnezzar, attacked Egypt and Jerusalem (the capital of Israel). Because Israel was being disobedient to God with idol worship and other sins, God allowed Babylon to take some Israelites captive as a punishment.” And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his [Nebuchadnezzar’s] hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God” (vs 2).

Here is some personal speculation. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of this massive empire. He probably thought he was in control. He thought he was doing just as he wanted. Um, sorry, but no.

What he had was given to him by God (vs 2). If God had not allowed it, Israel would not have been overtaken by Babylon, and the Israelites would not have been taken captive. Also, he probably didn’t know about the water and vegetables diet. God blessed them, and he benefited from their wisdom. That was not the result of his order that they be taught. That was the consequence for their faith in Christ.

God is in control. God is always in control. Every beautiful and good thing that you have comes from Him (James 1:17). So you need to stop taking advantage of what you think you did on your own and give Him the credit.

**Keep in mind that some of this is my opinion based on the facts of the Bible but not totally rooted in Biblical truth. I would encourage you to read Daniel 1 for yourself.

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