Make Babylon great… again

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and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?”

Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel 4:30 esv

Nebuchadnezzar; a man given much power begins to believe that power has come forth from his own works. Babylon has historically been responsible for modern commerce system. With much agriculture in abundance but lacking other necessities they created a trade system and a monetary value system to protect gold used in trade from theft on trade routes and the banking abilities to hold and lend money with interest.

….Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God

Jesus, Matthew 19:24 esv

Why is it so hard for those with much wealth to enter heaven? Many are called and few are chosen. There are two kinds of people who are rich. Those who gain wealth by honest hard work and those who exploit the hard work of others. Those who work; mistakenly believe that they have received their wealth by their labor. However from the scriptures, we see that all wealth is allowed by God himself. There is no boast in wealth or poverty before the Lord. He can give and he can take away. Therefore all things are directly or indirectly a gift from God himself.

that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. [26] And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. [27] Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”….

[31] While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,

Daniel 4:25 – 27, 31

Now our actions with what we have both rewards and consequences. For Daniel was faithful to God, even though God himself having given him into the hands of Babylon. Daniel faithfully served God; while respectfully serving Nebuchadnezzar. This is a hard concept for people because we look to object to anything we do not agree with. In fact, we become rude towards those we disagree with. We become entitled and obstinate. Nebuchadnezzar; because of his wealth, he became arrogant. He believed himself to be the creator of his own good fortune. This God could not allow therefore he humbled him by taking his kingdom. He did allow it for a long time but being slow to anger does not mean consent.

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble

Daniel 4:37

Published by Jimmy King

I am christian, I am currently living with undiagnosed adhd, I am a husband, I am a father. I love my God for his great love and the work he has done in me, I love my family, I love people. I don't know what life has for me next but I'm sure it will my best life God could give me and I intend to live it.

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