Kingdom-Wide Verbal Testimonies to the True God!

August 26, 2011

The book of Daniel records two times that a kingdom-wide verbal testimony was borne to the true God (4:1-3; 6:25-27). First, because God miraculously delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace (3:1-27), Nebuchadnezzar extolled Him:

“Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God” (3:28).

He also issued a remarkable decree:

“Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort” (3:29).

He then promoted these faithful Jews (3:30).

Daniel then records for us a striking kingdom-wide proclamation from the king:

“Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” (4:1-3).

Second, Daniel later records in his book how God miraculously delivered him from the lions’ den (6:1-24). He then relates another kingdom-wide testimony that was borne to the true God:

“Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions” (6:25-27).

These records by Daniel show that the entire kingdoms of Nebuchadnezzar and Darius received royal verbal testimony to the true God, the God who miraculously delivered His people!

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