Daniel: Courageous Living in Turbulent Times
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 It has its beginning as far as its historical content is concern in about 616 b.c. Daniel remains in Babylon until about 546 B.C. When the book opens it opens with Jerusalem having been seized and Judah in captivity to Babylon.
In order to really understand the meaning of the book of Daniel we must understand one of its principle character. Nebuchadnezzar is a famous king in history. He is known as a great general. He was best known for his military exploits. He defeated the Egyptians as Carchemish which is one of the great battle of history.
Nebuchadnezzar engineered the besieging of Judah and Jerusalem. He had to leave in the midst of the battle to go back to Babylon to take over the throne that was vacated because of the death of his father. He took thousands of captives of all of the known world.
He had an strategy of scattering those captives from one nation to another nations so that he had many slaves at his finger tips that he could use. He was indeed a great general.
He was also known as a great builder. In Babylon he built the great palace that is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was so large that the from of it was six time wider than Saint Peter's in Rome. Four times wider than the capital that we have in the United States.
From that palace he build a great city fifteen miles square. From that palace there were over fifty boulevard each one of them about the size of a modern four lane highway. And around that city he built a great wall. The wall was so high that you could stand 13 men on the top of the shoulders to reach the top.
It was so wide that you could drive four chariots abreast without one chariot touch the other. It cover an area that was so vast that it would be about the size of Central Park in New York.
If you back off from Babylon and looked at that grea ...
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