What You’ve Missed…
* God tells Israel things are going to get better.
* God tells Egypt things are going to get worse.
* God tells the country of Gog they’re basically dead already.
* Oh, and pages and pages listing Jewish ancestors for hundreds of years. Apparently the Israelites were science fiction nerds because they gave their kids weird alien names like Uzzi, Zadok and Bukki.
Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 8-9, Daniel 4, Ezekiel 40
We’re going to keep it pretty short and sweet today. So, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a crazy dream and then has Daniel interpret it for him. Here’s what Daniel tells him:
“This is what the dream means…You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses….but you will receive your kingdom back again when you learn that heaven rules.” (Daniel 4:24-26)
Bummer. The worst part though is it came true.
“Twelve months later he was taking a walk…as he looked across the city he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ … That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow and was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers and his nails were like birds’ claws.” (Daniel 4:29-33)
Later he admits God is the ultimate ruler, his sanity returns and he is restored as the head of his kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
Okay….just, hold up a minute here Bible. You’re telling me that the most powerful king in the land spends what could be months or years living like a Bonnaroo hippie, getting all cuddly and weird with nature, acting like a wild animal, and that he’s probably gone completely insane…and then he just goes back to being an awesome king who everyone loves even more than before? I mean, I know people love a leader that can party (who wouldn’t want to cruise for chicks with President Clinton?) but this seems a bit much.
I can’t picture Obama being chased out of the Oval Office, and going on to spend the next few years following some jam band around the country, living out of a tent, growing some dreads and chewing some “grass”, only to return to the White House as President, with the full confidence of the nation behind him. That’s ridiculous. Fox News would never shut up about it, probably saying a real American would never even think of acting like that.
(Sure this sounds a lot like Bob Marley now that I think about it. But Marley was always that way. And he was cool. And he’s ruining my analogy so I’m moving on.)
Would you want to follow a guy who completely lost his mind, lived like the dirtiest, homeless redneck ever, and then became president? Would you believe that’s the guy God would put in charge of an incredibly powerfully nation? Is it just me, or does that seem incredibly ridiculous to anyone else? Because that’s what happened.
*Author’s note: My apologies to Bonnaroo fans. I don’t think you’re all dirty hippies. Just most of you.