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Men of Faith (3 of 7)
Third (3) in a series of seven (7) sermons from the book of Daniel chapters 1-6.
A First-Person Dramatic Monologue based on Daniel 2:12-49 told from the perspective of Daniel.
Introduction: Praising the One True God (2:1-12)
I was very happy when I heard you praising the one true God this morning. I don't hear the songs of Zion much these days. But hearing the songs of praise to God also made me homesick. You see, I'm not from Babylon, I'm from a place very far from here. I'm from the tribe of Judah.
Oh, please forgive me, I didn't even introduce myself. My name is Daniel. I was taken captive from my home in Judah by the Babylonians. It seems just like yesterday but I've already been here a few years. I was just on my way to see my friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, with some very good news when I stopped and heard you singing. You might know my friends by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the names given to them by Ashpenaz (the chief of Nebuchadnezzar's court officials).
Anyway, just days ago something very disturbing happened. Nebuchadnezzar the king had a very troubling dream. This dream kept him from sleeping and caused him great anxiety. It's not unusual for the king's wise men to help him understand his dreams, but this time it was different. The king demanded that the wise men had to tell him not just the interpretation of the dream but the dream itself! Well, you can imagine what they said. "No one on earth can tell the king his dream, only the gods whose dwelling place is in the heavens may do so." They also reminded him that no king had ever made this request of any wise men. You can imagine, that's not exactly what the king wanted to hear.
King Nebuchadnezzar became very angry and issued a decree (kings like to do that you know) that all the wise men of Babylon be executed and their homes destroyed. You can imagine how worried and upset ...
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