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Bible Pathways 09/15/04

September 15

Read Daniel 1 - 3

In Today's Reading:

Daniel rejects king's food; Nebuchadnezzar's dream interpreted by Daniel; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego saved out of fiery furnace

Soon after their capture, Daniel and other selected Israelite captives were assigned new names which would identify them as citizens of Babylon. This was an attempt to remove their identities as children of God. The king's intent was that these select men be taught to think and live like Babylonians. The name Daniel means God is Judge, but his Babylonian name Belteshazzar means Prince of Baal. As Daniel heard his new name called day after day, it was intended to remind him that the comfort, self-esteem, and high position he enjoyed in his new society were all the result of his being the Prince of Baal.

Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled. . . The king commanded to call . . . the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. . . . The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter (Daniel 2:1-2,10). But, after Daniel and his friends prayed, the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision and he proclaimed to the king that there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days (2:18-19,28).

Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that the giant image in his dream represented successive kingdoms that would rule the world. The head was of fine gold and represented Nebuchadnezzar. Its breast and its arms of silver symbolized the Medo-Persian Empire, which would become the next dominating world power. The Grecian Empire, represented by its belly and its thighs of brass came next. The fourth empire, with its legs of iron, its feet part of iron and part of clay (2:32-33), depicted the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire will be revived as a one-world government in the end times. But it will be destroyed at the return of Christ, whose kingdom shall never be destroyed (2:44). The exact details may not be clear, but it is vitally important to be prepared for the soon coming of our King. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Corinthians 13:12; compare Acts 1:7).

Christ Revealed:

As the Stone that smote the image (Daniel 2:35). The Stone is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20; I Peter 2:4-8).

Word Studies:

1:4 Children = Young men; 2:1 sleep brake from him = he was unable to sleep; 2:31 terrible = awesome; 3:19 the form of his visage was changed = his facial expression was changed; 3:21 hosen = tunic or undergarments.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for BP Staff: Karen Marie Sniegon · Government Officials: Rep. Joe Barton (TX) and Rep. Mark Kirk (IL) · Country: Senegal (10 million) in western Africa · Major language: French · Religious freedom · 92% Muslim; 4% animism and ancestor worship; 3% Roman Catholic; .1% Protestant 

Prayer Suggestion: Wives, pray for a quiet, loving spirit to win your husband to Christ (I Peter 3:1-2).

Optional Reading: Revelation 20

Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 13:1

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