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King of the Hill
The whole story has been demonstrating the point I attempted to make this morning: Only God is truly sovereign. Chapter 18 makes this message stand out more boldly since it is set against the backdrop of the supposed defeat of Israel and Judah’s God. How powerful is the Jewish God if another nation can dominate and destroy His people? This had to be what Nebuchadnezzar, the latest King of the Hill, was thinking as he carried off the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple, back to Babylon. However, at the lowest point in Israel’s history, God shows, in convincing fashion, that he is in fact the only sovereign ruler.
Perhaps now is a good time for us to be reminded that The Story is NOT primarily about people and their faith or lack of faith. The Story is about God and how he works through people. He works through faithful people like Daniel and his friends. He works through pagan rulers like Nebuchadnezzar. God’s purposes will come to pass and he will use whomever he pleases to accomplish his will. We thrill to read of the faithful characters in God’s Story: Hezekiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel. We like to read about them because they stand as counterculture reminders that in spite of what is going on in the world, God is truly sovereign. The reigning King of the Hill looks sovereign today, but tomorrow will be doing the bidding of the next King of the Hill.
When we align our lives with the will of Almighty God we may face some difficult days ahead as we attempt to swim upstream, however, the true king of the universe is working toward the completion of his mighty plan. His plans will succeed, no one can stop them. Like the rock from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, “It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44).