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02/17/2017

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Being Taught To Praise


"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king" (Dan.2:20-23)..

When folks ask where the value of reading and studying the Old Testament lies, a passage like this from the Book of Daniel comes to mind. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him. He called in all of his wise men for an interpretation, but being wise himself, he threw them a curve ball. Instead of asking for a simple interpretation, he asked them what his dream was about and to then for them to interpret it. All the magicians, conjurers, sorcerers and astrologers were beside themselves.... There response was this; "There is not a man on earth that can do what the kings asks!" Enter Daniel... With execution of all those who failed looming, Daniel goes to his 3 friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah and urges them to plead with him for mercy from the God of heaven. "During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said;" (Vs19). With today's verses, we get a first class reason why Old Testament study is useful. Daniel could have gone to the king and looked totally impressive with what he knew and was able to reveal. Instead, he first praised the Lord! If we parse today's verses, we find how Daniel viewed God...(1) Daniel praised God and said that all wisdom is from Him. (Vs.20), (2) He said that God is in control of the world ---- seasons and rulers, and gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. (Vs.21). (3) God reveals secret things, knows what is in the darkness or unknown and light dwells in Him. (Vs.22)... Last, and perhaps most important, Daniel gives credit where credit is due. (Vs.23). Daniel taught us that he was wise because he knew his limitations. He knew he was limited, but he knew not to limit God. We ought to all read these verses and praise our Lord....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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