Summary: The enemy is at war against those who worship God. Here is a look at the weapons he uses and how to overcome them.
Title: The war on worship
The theme of the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God.
God is all powerful and God is all knowing…and therefore God is to be the object of all of our worship.
The enemy has declared war on the worship of God!
If you are going to go to war –you must have weapons
What are the enemies of God weapons of war?
1.His weapons of war (v1-6)
“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.”
1.Definition of an idol- any kind of substitute for God
2.examples of idols
3."the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things choke the word making it unfruitful…
4.The war on worship is so big - the idols are going to be big- 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide
5.idols have a way of growing bigger and bigger-until they take over our worship
“He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials, to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.”
1. What do all these people have in common? They are all influencers. They are all powerful people.
...He then summoned the movie stars, the rock stars, the advertisement executives, the sports stars, the politician’s, the writers, the business people… (everyone who is powerful and influential- to come to the dedication of the image of gold)
2. If the enemy wants to win the war on worship he knows he must have celebrity endorsements
The battlefields for the war on worship are fought in places like movie theaters, concerts, courtrooms, prime-time tv…Hollywood
A third powerful weapon the enemy has is…
C. Certain kinds of Music (v5)
“As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.”
A.the kind of music that makes you want to fall down and worship idols.
The type of music that takes you away from the worship of God.
The type of music that makes you want to do something that God disapproves of…
Would you agree that this is still a big weapon of the enemies of God?
The 4th weapon of war…
D. The threat of Dire Consequences (v6)
“Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
A.The enemy has a way of making things difficult if you don’t worship what the enemy wants you to worship.
How powerful are the enemy’s weapons? (v7)
“Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”