3rd Tuesday after Easter

Daniel 4:28–37, John 6:25-35

Nebuchadnezzar is an inteing study in faith, belief, unbelief, wrong belief, and pride. Nebuchadnezzar had been confronted by ’s might, majesty, and multiple times during his reign. One would have thought that he might have ed something. However, Nebuchadnezzar seemed to have to multiple times. As Nebuchadnezzar’s story ends at the end of chapter 4, it would be nice to conclude that Nebuchadnezzar ed. However, the Bible doesn’t say, and history (including even the history in Daniel) would imply that he didn’t.
Nebuchadnezzar was in the middle of a culture with many s. As much as he was in , he would have still had to consider the faith of the populace. Turning over their would not have gone well, and would have likely caused un. Other jealous and ful people would have leveraged the un and potentially created a rebellion.

We can see similar tensions in our own . It has only been in the last few years that politicians feel that it is culturally acceptable to not say they are a Christian. While there is a balance of in our system, it wasn’t that long ago that politicians either toed the “Christian” line (of at least saying they were Christian) or did not succeed (by and large).

Often in Nebuchadnezzar’s era, kings were what were perceived has making the country flourish, be bountiful, and be ful. They were put on pedestals they hadn’t earned. Often they become proud. made sure that Nebuchadnezzar’s pride took a hit.

Sometimes -ing people get put on a pedestal, too. In this passage in John, has to correct the people that it was the Father who gave the manna, not Moses. Imagine that! People had become confused enough that they thought a man completed and of (and for 40 years, at that).

From what we know about Moses, he would not have accepted any part of ’s ion. He often took a reconciling role between and the people. By the time of , Moses had become a great mythical godlike super-man. Moses would not have been pleased.

1) Why do we have a tendency to esteem people beyond their roles and capabilities (i.e., put on a pedestal)?

2) How does putting a person on a pedestal endanger that person?

3) How does putting a person on a pedestal endanger our personal and ual th?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.