Summary: Many critics attack this chapter because it contains the record of a miracle. Not one line in the narrative is myth or fiction. It is the pure truth because it is divinely inspired. But because many have trouble believing in miracles, they attack this cha
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Many critics attack this chapter because it contains the record of a miracle. Not one line in the narrative is myth or fiction. It is the pure truth because it is divinely inspired. But because many have trouble believing in miracles, they attack this chapter as they do all miracles. Therefore they come to the conclusion that this book never took place.
Lets move on now to THE DESCRIPTION OF THE IMAGE 1. The first thing we notice is the similarity of this chapter and chapter two. For in both chapters we are confronted with an image. The difference is in chapter two the image was a dream had by Nebuchadnezzar. In this chapter Nebuchadnezzar had an image built. One may ask, what the image in this chapter represents since the one previous was a symbol of things to happen. It could, if it represents anything, a Babylonian god, the power of Babylon or Nebuchadnezzar himself.
The question is, why did Nebuchadnezzar do this? Actually, we aren’t given the reason why. We can only venture a guess. It is doubtful he had forgotten what Daniel told him in chapter two about the image in his dream. Some twenty years has past since the dream, but the Word of the Lord had not passed his memory. You remember Daniel told the king his kingdom would fall and another one would rule, the interpretation of the dream. Of course it would not be as strong as his but would come. Did he think he would not die but live on to hold the reins of power? Whatever prompted him to construct the image of gold, he behaved exactly the way some Christians behave today. That is to cling to his earthly possessions. They hold to their possessions as though they will have them forever.
Something else we need to consider in this chapter and that is the man Daniel is not mentioned in chapter 3. We are not told of his whereabouts and activities during this time. Because of his high position he could have been sent by the King to one his conquered cities to look out after the affairs there. I strongly doubt that the king would have had the image built if Daniel had been in town. Nebuchadnezzar had that much confidence in Daniel. With Daniel elsewhere, the king had lost his spiritual leader.
Next we notice THE DEDICATION OF THE IMAGE, 2-5. The dedication of the image was no little affair. All the nations that were subject, weather captives, slaves or whatever, were ordered to the ceremony. You can only imagine the crowd of people from all over the empire. It was, for the king, one of the greatest days in Babylon. With the orchestra in place, waiting for the signal to begin playing their instruments. I am not sure whether the people summonsed to the dedication were told it was going to be religious or not. It could be that that was an on the spur decision.
But notice THE DEMANDS AT THE DEDICATION SERVICE, 4-7. The reason I believe the intention of the dedication wasn’t known to the people is now we have the real motive. Not that it would have made any difference to most of them anyway.