“Who is your King?”

Daniel 1:1-2

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.”

In these verses, you will find three kings. Jehoiakim, king of Judah, pays tribute to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, with the furniture from the Temple. But, then, the Bible says God, King of kings, makes it all happen.

In each chapter, Daniel points out God’s authority over all rulers in the world. He also shows the consequences of following each king. Finally, Daniel gives detailed prophecies regarding Jesus and the “end of time”.

Jesus is seen in a fire. Jesus is seen in dreams. Jesus is seen in a prayer, a decree, and with lions. In a world that’s falling apart, you can find Jesus. He’s still here. He hasn’t abandoned us or His plan. Hallelujah!!

So, here are three applications to Daniel.

  • What king do you serve? The consequences are huge!
  • God rules the world. No, literally, God rules the world!
  • Jesus can be found in Babylon (the sinful world). Follow Him, share Him, and be strengthened by Him. 

Use the HEAR method as you spend time with today’s verse

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams

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