Daniel and his friends have a pattern of rising to the top levels of power in a pagan nation, then through their faithfulness – even in the face of death, pointing the pagan rulers to the One True God.
In tonight’s reading, Daniel points Belshazzar to God through his dream interpretation (unfortunately for the king, the prophecy led to his death).
Then Daniel points Darius to God by fearlessly facing the lion’s den – another great story of God’s deliverance.
I was struck by another verse today, as well:
The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both. Proverbs 29: 12-13 NIV
What in the world does this Proverb MEAN? (I asked myself. So I checked into it).
Turns out the Lord gives sight to all of us – which means He gives life to us all.
So why specifically mention the poor and the oppressor?
Because life and death are the great levelers.
Oppressing kings and the oppressed poor are all born because God decides to give them life. There’s no difference. We are all alive because God wants it. And we are all simply humans in God’s eyes and compared to God.
God used Daniel to remind the Kings this truth, too. As Darius said:
… He is the living God
and He endures forever;
His kingdom will not be destroyed,
His dominion will never end. Daniel 6: 26 (NIV)
Today’s Readings: Daniel 5:1-6:28, Psalm 136:10-26, Proverbs 29:12-13, 2 Peter 2:1-22. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).