Category Archives: Babylon

MEAT OFFERED TO IDOLS

Daniel and his three companions refused to participate in the religious rituals of the Babylonian World-Power.

Upon arrival in Babylon, Daniel was confronted with a predicament. If he consumed the food and drink of the king, it might impinge on his ritual impurity. While he might have wished to avoid eating “unclean” meat, more likely, his concern was that consuming the “king’s delicacies” would mean participation in the idolatrous rituals of the Babylonian court.

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DOWNFALL AND RESTORATION

The King has another troubling dream that leads to his downfall but only after his display of imperial hubris – Daniel 4:1-34.

In chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar had another dream, and as before, one that only Daniel could interpret. Yahweh would remove the king from power until he learned, once again, that the “Most-High God” alone is sovereign over the affairs of men. The chapter begins and ends with the Babylonian ruler acknowledging the sovereignty of Yahweh.

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