The Big Statue

King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, 90 feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:1 HCSB

I have had the privilege of visiting the Lincoln Memorial statue in Washington DC. It is a very impressive statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, who served during the Civil War. The statue is 19 feet high and 19 feet wide and is a favorite photo spot for tourists in Washington DC.

Daniel had just interpreted a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar who in turn proclaimed that Daniel ‘s God was the God of all gods, and Lord over kings. The king even bowed to the ground and worshiped Daniel, but how quickly King Nebuchadnezzar forgot about Daniel’s God! He had a huge golden statue made and proclaimed that all people were to bow down and worship the statue. It is unclear if the statue was a representation of King Nebuchadnezzar or one of his many gods. The statue was almost five times as high as the Lincoln Memorial statue and probably could have been seen from 16 miles away. It is obvious that King Nebuchadnezzar wanted the people to worship him and to see how great he was. He was not sincerely interested in worshiping the one true God of Daniel.

Challenge: Do you seek the praise and attention of other people? When you attend church, is your focus on worshiping God or do you have other motives? Praise God for who He is and ask Him to help you keep the focus of your worship solely upon Him.

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