Baskerville Old Face – Sometimes you have to fish or cut bait.
Sometimes you have to live with the consequences of your actions.
Sometimes you have to pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, and keep going.
Sometimes you will be a better person for it.
Nebby (or Nebuchadnezzar) was a king of Babylon. In his day, Babylon was the capitol of his empire that extended over the majority of the known world. From the kings before him, he had many servants from far away places. This included four israelites. Among them, one could tell the interpretation of dreams. Even with a one year notice of this dream and its meaning could not prevent it from comming to pass.
So one day when Nebby was walking on the roof of his royal palace as he looked at his city, the great buildings and gardens, the statues, the bustle of the market place, or perhaps one evening as the sun set against the buildings casting a long shadow over a sea of torches as far as the eye could see, he said “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
God had something to say about that. “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
It’s unfortunate that there isn’t much of an historical record concerning the king’s madness. I wonder what the servants would have thought as they watched the palace soldiers show the king outside. Now some might say seven times meant a week, other say a year. Either way, it was serious time away from his throne. The consequences of Nebby’s pride was to be a wild man for quite some time. Then he looked up and saw who he was in relation to God. The seven times had ended and his sanity had returned.
Despite the experience Nebby had with God, we don’t quite know how his story ended. The next chapter, Daniel 5, tells us that Nebby’s son refused to be humbled and saw the writing on the wall. Did Nebby have a good, long, life blessed by God because he had put away his idols and chose to worship only God? Did his newfound faith keep or did it fall by the wayside some time later? Was his time brought to a quick end at the tip of a short blade on the battlefield?
Sometimes you are at the rock bottom, you can look to the very top, and see who you are in relation to God. Humble yourselves, American Christians, because living in pride is plain insanity.