“Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.” Daniel 3:1
So, let me get this straight…
The king had a dream. In this dream, he was shown a great and terrible image. It had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, a brass belly and thighs, legs of iron, and feet of both iron and clay. He was told the interpretation by Daniel, and that the head of gold was his kingdom which would be replaced by four other kingdoms, and eventually by God’s own kingdom that will reign forever after. Yet, the first thing recorded that he did, after promoting the prophet and his constituents, was build “an image” of gold.
The dimensions are given as 90′ tall and 9′ wide. Strange dimensions, to say the least, but what’s interesting to me is that he made it entirely of gold. Could it be that he made a giant image of worship that resembled what he saw in the dream, only he was trying to make the dream untrue?
What I mean to say is, he may have been so proud and so self absorbent that he thought even he could defy the God of Daniel. In making the entire image gold, he was basically saying that no matter what the dream foretold, his kingdom was not going to be replaced and as far as he was concerned, his kingdom would go on forevermore, not to be broken up by anyone, not even God.
Now, the Bible does not reveal King Nebuchadnezzar’s motives, but what it does tell us is that he wanted everyone to worship this image at the threat of death. Of course, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah refused and were sent to the fiery furnace because they knew the One True God and would worship none other. They were rewarded with their very lives for their faith and in rewarding them openly, God was showing the king that there would be no overruling of His plans, and that Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom would end no matter what he tried to do about it.
The king would be torn down in time, made as lowly as could be, but given his kingdom once more before death. His kingdom would eventually be replaced several times over, and will be lost in the annuls of time as God one day will begin His reign here on earth to never be usurped by any man.
Let us take heed to this lesson and know that our God reigns! His Word is true and it is unchangeable, undeniable, and everlasting. No matter what we go through, His hands are on us. He is there with us and He already knows the outcome, because He is in control. He has already shown us how all of this will end, and it will be glorious as He will bring about the fulfillment of all of His promises.
Also, no matter what the world claims to be true, in that all paths lead to Heaven, always remember that God says otherwise. They can build their own images of gold which attempt to glorify the works of their own hands, and claim to deserve Heaven, but God said only through Jesus Christ and Him crucified will any of us gain entry.
And that dream? Many have said that the kingdoms have all come and gone, except the ten of the feet, with which I agree. The toes were made of iron and clay, meaning the were partly strong and partly broken. Also, it is written that they shall mix themselves with the seed of men, but not cling to one another.
So, I offer you this:
The world is a much smaller place than ever it has before been. People of every nationality and every race are intermingling their DNA. The world is coming together as never before, and yet there is still war, and mostly it is holy war, even against their own citizenry. Who is iron and who is clay mixed with iron? Who can say? But it’s worth pondering as we watch the world around us slowly, but surely, adhere to God’s Words as He gave them to Daniel. And, it was Daniel who said:
“Forasmuch as thou saw eat that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in piers the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king (and therefore, to us) what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” Daniel 2:45