How to Live in the World and Not Be a Part of the World
Perhaps the most contemporary book in the Old Testament is the book of Daniel. It has its beginning as far as its historical content is concern in about 616 B.C. Daniel reminds in Babylon until about 546 B.C. when the book opens with Jerusalem under seized and Judah in captivity to Babylon.
In order to really understand the meaning of this book we have to start out with one of its principal characters namely King Nebuchadnezzar that is one of the famous kings of history. He is known as a great general. He is knows best for his military exploits. In 605 B.C. he defeated the Egyptians at Carchemish which is one of the great battles of history.
It was he that plotted the overthrow of Judah and overthrow of Jerusalem and the capture of Judah even though he had to leave in the midst of the battle to back to Babylon to take over the throne that was vacated by the death of his father. He took thousands of captives of the known world and he had a methodology of scattering those captives from one nation to another nation so that he had many slaves at his finger tips that he could use.
He was also known as one who was a great builder. He built the great palace that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was so large that the front of it was six times wide than Saint Peters in Rome and four times wider than the Capital that we have in the United States.
From the palace he built a great city that was 15 miles square. There was over fifty boulevards each one of them about the size of a modern four lane highway. Around the city he built a great wall and it was so high that you could stand 13 men on the top of each other should to reach the top.
It was so wide that you could drive four chariots abreast without one chariot touching the other. It covered an area that was so vast that it would be about the size of Central Park in New York.
If you back off from Babylo ...
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