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Patriotism, Pluralism, and Facedown Worship (3 of 5)
Series: Resident Aliens
Open to Daniel chapter two…
So back in about 600 BC, there was this young, Hebrew guy named Daniel-probably in his upper teens. And he found himself living in a culture that didn't know anything about God, or God's power, or God's kingdom. Because you remember, Jerusalem was conquered by the nation of Babylon. And they dragged Daniel and a bunch of other young men to Babylon, where everything looked and felt different from what they were used to. So they were exiles.
And we've been saying that, as followers of Christ living in the Western world, which is transitioning from Christendom to post-Christendom, we will increasingly feel like exiles. And that's why we can learn so much from Daniel.
Now, fortunately for Daniel, they didn't make him a slave. Because King Nebuchadnezzar decided to pick some of the sharpest, healthiest young guys, and give them a three-year crash course in Babylonian stuff. And the idea was to make them loyal Babylonians, so they could serve the king, and make his kingdom stronger. So the story focuses in on four of those young guys-Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And they made it through the three year training period; they graduated top of their class, and they were put into the service of the king.
And last week we looked at the first part of chapter two, where the king had a dream, remember? And none of the wise men or astrologers in his inner circle could tell him what the dream was, but then God revealed the dream to Daniel, and Daniel came and stood before the king, and he said, ''Let me tell you what it means.''
And that's where we left off last week. So this week we finally get to interpretation of this dream. But before we do, let me mention two things.
If you were living in Babylon at that time, two things were very, very important.
First of all, patriotism. You better support your countr ...
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