The spirit of the holy gods is in you

“I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him. The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’ This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.” Daniel 4:13-18

Nebuchadnezzar in describing his dream to Daniel realizes that there is something special about Daniel that separates Daniel from the rest of the wise men of Babylon. While Nebuchadnezzar does acknowledge that the Most High rules the kingdoms of men and sets up the rulers of these kingdoms as He sees fit, when he speaks of Daniel he ascribes Daniel’s ability to the spirit of the holy gods in Daniel. Not God but gods. Nebuchadnezzar just cannot get past his belief in multiple gods.

Nebuchadnezzar will admit that Daniel’s God is the most powerful and even the most high God but he cannot see that God is the one and only true God. He does not see that all other gods are manmade. It will be this inability to see the truth about God and reject the false gods of Babylon that will cause Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall. God gives each of us ample evidence of His existence but insists that we take this evidence and make a choice. We can follow Him rejecting all other gods or we can reject Him. Either way God will honor our choice.

Nebuchadnezzar like so many wanted it both ways. He was more than willing to accept God’s favor but he refused to put aside his other gods. So today people are willing to take from God but do not want to give back. Others want to blame God for their unbelief. If only God would provide better evidence for His existence. If only God would just let everyone into heaven. If God would only appear to them and say “here I am, believe in me” then they would believe.

God is not like that. He will not force us to believe. There is enough evidence that billions of people have believed and followed Him but there is just enough evidence lacking that it does take a bit if faith to make the move towards God. But even then all it takes is faith as small as a mustard seed to believe and be accepted into His family.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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