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God's Word for Tomorrow's News
Daniel 6:1-28; Philippians 4:6-7; Jeremiah 23:37; Matthew 7:9-11; 2 Timothy 3:12; Hebrews 11:36-40; James 1:12
April 1, 2007
We are in the book of Daniel. We are in Chapter 6 as we finish up this first half of the book. And an exciting half it's been. And this chapter begins with Darius appointing 120 satraps and three administrators over the satraps. So you have a monarch and then under the monarch three guys, and then under those three guys, 120. And of course Daniel is one of the administrators, one of the three. But as we could expect, Daniel rises to the top. He excels and distinguishes himself above all the others so that Darius wants to put him over the whole kingdom, to make him prime minister. Now what we have, we have a changing of the government. We're still in Babylon. But we have someone new in charge and there is a change and all of a sudden we are moving to a different political system. But it is not one that has theology or morality involved with it. It's a little different from Nebuchadnezzar the king who simply ruled period. And now there is somewhat of check and balances and eventually we get over to Rome and the senate. But what we have right now is law and order without God. And that didn't work then and America is trying it today and it's not working today either. So Daniel in verse 3 distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Now American Standard Version says by his extraordinary spirit. This word in the Hebrew is Yashar and it literally means to be left over. It means that after all is said and done excellent is what you have left. It's the cream rises to the top. And certainly everything we've observed in the life of Daniel from a teenager now to approaching 90 years of age. When you think of Daniel, Yashar, extraordinary, ext ...
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