daniel 4

king nebuchadnezzar sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world : ” peace and prosperity to you. I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the most high God has performed for me. how great are HIs signs? how powerful HIs wonders? His kingdom will last forever, His rule through all generations.

I nebuchadnezzar was living in my palace in comfort and prosperity but one night I had a dream that frightened me. I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed so I issued an order calling in all the wise men of Babylon so they could tell me what my dream meant . when all the magicians enchanters fortune tellers and astrologers came in I told them the dream but they could not tell me what it meant. at last daniel came in before me and I told him the dream ( he was named belteshazzar after my god and the spirit of the holy gods is in him..)

I said to him ” belteshazzar chief of the magicians I know the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too great for you to solve . now tell me what my dream means.

while I was lying in bed this is what I dreamed. I saw a large tree in the middle of the earth . the tree grew very tall and strong reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. it had fresh green leaves and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. wild animals lived in its shade and birds nested in its branches . all the world was fed from this tree.

then as I lay there dreaming I saw a messenger a holy one coming down from heaven. the messenger shouted ” cut down the tree and lop off its branches shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit , chase the wild animals from its shade and the birds from its branches but leave the stump and the roots in the ground , bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass . now let him be drenched with the dew of heaven and let him live with the wild animals among the plants of the field . for 7 periods of time let him have the mind of a wild animal instead of a human for this has been decreed by the messengers it is commanded by the holy ones so that everyone may know that the most high rules over the kingdoms of the world

He gives them to anyone He chooses even to the lowliest of people .

belteshazzar that was the dream that I king nebuchadnezzar had now tell me what it means for none of the wise men from my kingdom can do so but you can tell me because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

upon hearing this daniel also known as belteshazzar was overcome for a time frightened by the meaning of the dream, then the king said to him ” belteshazzar don’t be alarmed by the dream and what it means”

belteshazzar replied ” I wish the events foreshadowed in this dream would happen to your enemies my lord and not to you. the tree you saw was growing very tall and strong reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see . it had fresh green leaves and was loaded with fruit for all to eat. wild animals lived in its shade and birds nested in its branches . that tree your majesty is you , for you have grown strong and great your greatness reaches up to heaven and your rule to the ends of the earth, then you saw a messenger a holy one coming down from heaven and saying ‘ cut down the tree and destroy it but leave the stump and the roots in the ground bound with a band of iron and bronze and and surrounded by tender grass. let him be drenched with the dew of heaven. let him live with the animals of the field for seven periods of time.’

this is what the dream means your majesty and what the most high has declared will happen to my lord the king. you will be driven from human society and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. you will eat grass like a cow and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. seven periods of time will pass while you live this way until you learn that the most high rules over the kingdoms of this world and gives them to  anyone He chooses, but the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground . this means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.

king nebuchadnezzar please accept my advice. stop sinning and do what is right. break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor perhaps then you will continue to prosper.”

but all these things did happen to king nebuchadnezzar . 12 months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal. palace in Babylon . as he looked out across the city he said ” look at this great city of Babylon . by my own mighty power I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendour.”

while these words were still in his mouth a voice called down from heaven ” oh king nebuchadnezzar this message is for you . you are no longer ruler of this kingdom. you will be driven from human society. you will live in the fields with the wild animals and you will eat grass like a cow. 7 periods of time will pass while you live this way until you learn that the most high rules over the kingdoms of this w0rld and gives them to anyone He chooses.’

that same hour the judgment was fulfilled and nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society . he ate grass like a cow and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. he lived this way until his hair was as long as eagle feathers and his nails were like birds claws.

after this time had passed I nebuchadnezzar looked up to heaven . my sanity returned and I praised and worshipped the most high and honoured the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting and HIs kingdom is eternal . all the people of the earth are nothing compared to HIm. He does as He pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. no one cAN STOP hiM OR say to HIm ‘ what do you mean by doing these things?’

when my sanity returned to me so did my honor and glory and kingdom . my advisers and nobles sought me out and I was restored as head of my kingdom with even greater honor than before.

now I nebuchadnezzar praise and glorify and honour the king of heaven . all His acts are just and true and He is able to humble the proud.

selah 🙂

this chapter begins with the heartening news that nebuchadnezzar has had a turnaround and decided to worship the one true God.

it’s true that God will never be deposed from HIs throne.

at this point nebuchadnezzar had not yet worked out his feelings regarding Elohim.

he was still holding onto the worship of baal and he still believed in multiple gods even though he recognized the power of the one true God he saw evident in Daniel’s life.

I am not sure if we are meant to assume that king nebuchadnezzar woke from his dream and was interrupted by an angel from heaven or that he saw an angel wake him up from one dream while he was still trapped inside another dream.

daniel might have been terrified that if king nebuchadnezzar heard that his dream meant bad news for his future he might become furious with him and prematurely end his life.

God showed grace to king nebuchadnezzar.

what amazing love bestowed on one who killed His chosen people.

it would have been an extremely humbling experience to be in king nebuchadnezzars shoes and eat food off the ground like an animal sleeping on the ground and being forced to fight in order to grab every tiny morsel thrown in his direction. you would think king nebuchadnezzar would have been smart and heeded the warnings fom his own dreams but he gradually forgot about the fact that all the success he gained was only brought about because Elohim permitted it to be so.

according to jewishencyclopedia.com evil merodach was looking after his father king nebuchadnezzars throne during his 7 years of absence . hE MAY have been the one who coerced his dad into leaving but i have no solid evidence to back up this theory so a theory is all it will ever be. Gods existence is eternal. all our greatness pales into insignificance compared to toe myriad of activities God is constantly involved with making sure its never possible for us to claim the excuse that we never had an opportunity to avail ourselves to the master’s hands. it is not wrong for us to question why God operates the way He does merely to deny HIs existence or to give up communicating with HIm cos choosing to do so puts us straight into the danger zone and increases our vulnerability to temptation.

God is always just and right even when we think His way of running the universe isnt fair.

we must remind ourselves that if we were to get what we deserve we would all be burning in hell right now so its just as well God chooses to be kind to us and help us to walk in HIs footsteps . God resists the proud but He listens to the humble . if we want God to bless our lives we have to tune into His frequency. reading His word and listening out for HIs guiding voice enables us to overcome all the obstacles the world places across our path trying to block us from accessing heaven.



daniel 3

king nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide and set it up on the plain of dura in the province of Babylon.

then he sent messengers to the high officers , officials, governors, advisers , treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the provincial officials to come to the dedication of the statue he had set up so all these officials came and stood before the statue king nebuchadnezzar had set up then a herald shouted out ” people of all races and nations and languages listen to the king’s command. when you hear the sound of the horn flute zither lyre harp pipes and other musical instruments bow to the ground to worship king nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. anyone who refuses to obey will be immediately thrown into a blazing furnace” so at the sound of the musical instruments all the people whatever their race or nation or language bowed to the ground and worshipped the gold statue that king nebuchadnezzar had set up, but some of the astrologers went to the king and informed on the jews . they said to king nebuchadnezzar ” long live the king. you issued a royal decree requiring all the people to bow down and worship the gold statue when they heard the sound of the horn flute zither lyre harp pipes and other musical instruments. that decree also states that those who refuse to obey must be thrown into a blazing furnace but there are some jews shadrach Meshach and Abednego whom you have put in charge of the province of Babylon. they pay no attention to you your majesty . they refuse to serve your gods and do not worship the gold statue you have set up.”

then king nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that shadrach Meshach and Abednego be brought before him. when they were brought in nebuchadnezzar said to them ” is it true shadrach Meshach and Abednego that you refuse to serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments but if you refuse you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace and then what God will be able to rescue you from my power?”

shadrach Meshach and Abednego replied ” O nebuchadnezzar we do not need to defend ourselves before you . if we are thrown into the blazing furnace God whom we serve is able to save us . He will rescue us from your power O Majesty but even if He doesn’t we want to make it clear to you your majesty that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

nebuchadnezzar was so furious with shadrach Meshach and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. he commanded that the furnace be heated 7 times hotter than usual then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind up shadach Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning furnace. so they tied them up and threw them into the furnace fully dressed in their pants turbans robes and other garments and because the king in his anger had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the 3 men in, so shadrach Meshach and Abednego securely tied fell into the roaring flames but suddenly nebuchadnezzar jumped up with amazement and exclaimed to his advisers ” didn’t we tie up 3 men and throw them into the furnace?”

”yes your majesty we certainly did” they replied

” look” nebuchadnezzar shouted ” I see 4 men unbound walking around in the fire unharmed and the 4th looks like a god then nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted ” shadrach Meshach and Abednego servants of the most high God come out come here”.

so shadrach Meshach and Abednego stepped out of the fire then the high officers officials governors and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. not a hair on their heads was singed and their clothing was not scorched. they didn’t even smell of smoke, then nebuchadnezzar said” praise to the God of shadrach Meshach and Abednego . He sent HIs angel to rescue HIs servants who trusted in HIm . they defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. therefore I make this decree if any people whatever their race or nation or language speak a word against the God of shadrach Meshach and Abednego they will be torn limb from limb and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. there is no other god who can rescue like this.

then the king promoted shadrach Meshach and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

selah 😉

anyone else think nebuchadnezzar had an ego the  size of a giant?

he was certainly making sure his eyesore of a statue wouldn’t be missed by anybody.

in those days you sent messengers to people by painstakingly getting a scribe to chisel your message on a tablet then they carried it by elephants camels or horses to wherever your missives destination happened to be.

none of the officials wanted to be mistaken for a traitor cos they know nebuchadnezzars reputation preceded him for being in possession of a furious temper.

nebuchadnezzars empire stretched all across Europe and asia.

imagine if someone intended to worship the idol but they got the pins and needles so they got thrown in the fire cos of their stubborn legs.

its incredible how many people just worshipped the statue without even thinking what they were doing.

essentially they were engaging in demon worship cos that’s exactly what we are doing when we exalt ourselves to the position of a god.

its terrible that the very same astrologers whose asses were saved by the quick thinking and divinely guided discernment of daniel repaid the kindness of him and his friends with cruelty by attempting to get them killed.

they didn’t actually care if daniel and his friends worshipped the idols or not they were just jealous of their exalted positions of authority in the empire and wanted to nab them for themselves.

notice how they cloud the issue by bringing in a side issue irrelevant to the case- nebuchadnezzar didn’t have a problem with diversity of religions normally just in this instance he wanted all his people to worship him as god.

the worship of other religions wasn’t the reason they were standing trial it was their refusal to participate in the worship of king nebuchadnezzar that they were unashamedly guilty of.

of course in his hot temper king nebuchadnezzars judgment was clouded and he was all too hasty to speak of the jews behaviour in an accusatory manner as if he hadn’t previously permitted their freedom of religion to flourish in exile as well it should.

king nebuchadnezzar should have known from experience that daniel and co wouldn’t obey his orders cos they had previously refused to eat food sacrificed to idols.

perhaps he was a heavy drinker so he forgot crucial details like who was known for worshipping his false gods and who worshipped the one true Elohim.

its funny that he thought he was more powerful than God when clearly it was God who had shown him the truth about himself and his future on that previous occasion when God gave daniel both the precise events of his dream and its interpretation.

we can learn from shadrach Meshach and Abednego not to waste our time with fruitless arguing with those who refuse to listen to the truth.

if they are hungry for the truth God will cause them to ask questions and seek a deeper intimacy with HIm.

I love the confidence shadrach Meshach and Abednego had in Gods ability to rescue them. I also love their passionate unwavering faith. they had their priorities in order. they knew it didn’t matter if someone takes your life so long as your life is in the right place with God.

it was a really stupid move on the part of king nebuchadnezzar to accidentally incinerate the strongest men in his army in his haste to demolish all traces of the Israelites who dared to stand up to his bullying ways.

the fourth man in the fire was a preincarnate version of Jesus standing with HIs creations shadrach Meshach and Abednego and comforting them with His holy presence in which there is fullness of joy.

it is funny that king nebuchadnezzar had never seen God yet the instant he laid eyes upon HIs son he knew exactly what he was looking at and he could only stare flabbergasted in wonder as we all would had we been privileged enough to spend a second in his sandals.

it is funny how he went from calling himself a god to acknowledging Elohim as the God above all Gods.

its incredible that not one bit of them got burned and they had not one lingering trace of smoke which as anyone who has ever camped out in the bush and toasted marshmallows knows it is virtually impossible to make any kind of contact with a fire without you smelling even a tiny little bit like what you have been hanging around for hours on end.

nebuchadnezzar seems to be in two minds about whether he was looking at an angel or the author of life.

this is probably the only time in king nebuchadnezzars life when he was singing the praises of someone who refused to obey his instructions 🙂

maybe the atheists agnostics and those  who believe in false religions in our world would think twice about attacking Christians with their words and fists and weapons of warfare if they knew their houses were going to be torn down and their bodies were going to be torn to shreds.

in truth unless they quit it with their wicked ways and ask forgiveness for their sins they will endure far worse torture than they could ever possibly imagine in the fires of hell where the pain never ceases.

its true that Adonai is the only one who can rescue us but not that there are any other gods.

all other gods are just demons playing a game of lets fool the earthling.

its funny how the astrologers intended to punish the jews and they ended up inadvertently triggering a situation that brought about even greater blessings for Gods chosen people. 🙂 ❤

I love the way God is able to take situations where people intend to harm us and damage our reputation and turn them around so instead of suffering we get to flourish instead and bring glory to HIm cos every blessing coming our way just makes HIm look better and it just makes more souls fall head over heels in love with HIm.




daniel 2

one night during the second year of his reign nebuchadnezzar had such disturbing dreams that he couldn’t sleep.

he called in his magicians enchanters sorcerers and astrologers and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed.

as they stood before the king he said ” I have had a dream that deeply troubles me and I must know what it means” but the king said to the astrologers ” I am serious about this. if you don’t tell me what my dream was and what it means you will be torn limb from limb and your houses will be turned into heaps of rubble but if you tell me what I dreamed and what the dream means I will give you many wonderful gifts and honors . just tell me the dream and what it means.”

they said again ” please your majesty . tell us the dream and we will tell you what it means.”

the king replied” I know what you are doing . you’re stalling for time because you know I am serious when I say ‘ if you don’t tell me the dream you are doomed’ so you have conspired to tell me lies hoping I will change my mind but tell me the dream and then i’ll know that you can tell me what it means.”

the astrologers replied to the king ” no one on earth can tell the king his dream and no king however great and powerful has ever asked such a thing of any magician enchanter or astrologer . the king’s demand is impossible. no one except the gods can tell you your dream and they do not live here among people.”

the king was furious when he heard this and he ordered that all the wise men of Babylon be executed and because of the king’s decree they were sent to find and kill daniel and his friends.

when Arioch the commander of the king’s guard came to kill them daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion .

he asked Arioch ” why has the king issued such a harsh decree?” so Arioch told him all that had happened.

daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant then daniel went home and told his friends hananiah , mishael and azariah what had happened .

he urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them HIs mercy by telling them the secret so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon.

that night the secret was revealed to daniel in a vision.

then daniel praised the God of heaven.

He said ” praise the name of God forever and ever for He has all wisdom and power

He controls the course of world events , He removes kings and sets up other kings

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars

He   reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness though He is surrounded by light

I thank and praise you God of my ancestors for you have given me wisdom and strength

you have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”

then daniel went in to see Arioch whom the king   had ordered to execute the wise men of Babylon.

daniel said to him ” don’t kill the wise men. take me to the king and I will tell him the meaning of his dream.”

Arioch quickly took daniel to the king and said ” I have found one of the captives from Judah who will tell the king the meaning of his dream.”

the king said to daniel ( also known as belteshazzar) ” is this true? can you tell me what my dream was and what it means?”

daniel replied” there are no wise men enchanters magicians or fortunetellers that can reveal the king’s secrets but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and He has shown king nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed. while your majesty was sleeping you dreamed about coming events. He who reveals secrets has shown you what is going to happen and it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream but because God wanted you to understand what was in your heart. in your vision your majesty you saw standing before you a huge shining statue of a man. it was frightening to behold. the head of the statue was made of fine gold. its chest and arms were silver its belly and thighs were bronze its legs were iron and its feet were a combination of iron and baked clay. as you watched a rock was cut from the mountain but not by human hands. it struck the feet of iron and clay smashing them to bits. the whole statue was crushed into small pieces of iron clay bronze silver and gold then the wind blew them away without a trace like chaff on a threshing floor but the rock that knocked the statue down became a great mountain that covered the whole earth. that was the dream. now we will tell the king what it means. your majesty you are  the greatest of kings. the God of heaven has given you sovereignty power strength and honour. He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the wild animals and birds under your control . you are the head of gold but after your kingdom comes to an end another kingdom inferior to yours will rise to take your place. after that kingdom has fallen yet a 3rd kingdom represented by bronze will rise to rule the world. following that kingdom there will be a 4th one as strong as iron . that kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes . the feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay showing that this kingdom will be divided . like iron mixed with clay it will have some of the strength of the iron but while some parts of it will be strong as iron other parts will be as weak as clay. this mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage but they will not hold together just as iron and  clay do not mix.

during the reigns of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. it will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness and it will stand forever. that is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain though not by human hands that crushed to pieces the statue of iron bronze clay silver and gold . the great God was showing the king what will happen in the future . the dream is true and it’s meaning is certain.”

then king nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before daniel and worshipped him and he commanded his people to burn sacrifices and offer sweet incense before him.

the king said to daniel ” truly your God is the greatest of gods the Lord over kings a revealer of mysteries for you have been able to reveal this secret” then the king appointed daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts .

he made daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon as well as chief over all his wise men.

at Daniel’s request the king appointed shadrach Meshach and Abednego to be in  charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon while daniel remained in the king’s court.

selah ❤ 🙂

I am sure all of us have had times in our lives when our dreams freaked us out and made us restless robbing us from that minimum 5 hours undisturbed rest each of us requires to replenish our batteries once a day which makes us more fresh faced and bearable for the rest of the world when they are forced to interact with us.

I bet when the magicians came to king nebuchadnezzar that morning they never expected it would be their last day on earth due to their incompetence at guessing precisely what constituted his dreams.

it is normal procedure to interpret a dream after the contents have been divulged.

it is far more evidential and obviously a miracle where a dream is both discussed without the need for the one experiencing it to bring it up and explained subsequently by the same person.

no one wants to be homeless or experience their body being wrenched til their arms and legs came loose from their sockets.

any vizier with half a brain would make up something on the spot rather than risking the loss of their head due to their incompetence .

the promise of untold riches wasn’t enough to lure the magicians to obey their king and risk him finding out later about their misdeeds.

it was wrong for king nebuchadnezzar to malign the reputation of his clumsy wizards and claim they were intentionally conspiring against him.

it is interesting that king nebuchadnezzar was the first to break with royal tradition.

its also noteworthy that in the Babylonian belief system God cannot assume human flesh but that’s exactly what He did when He sent HIs son Jesus to come and be born in the belly of a woman and live amongst others with intent to stay true and be faithful to the cause of  being used in the process of winning souls for HIm.

the viziers didn’t live very long to regret their decision to die honest instead of compromising due to their desire to live to a ripe old age.

I am sure daniel was terrified and thought he would get his head turned into a platter for nebuchadnezzar’s cook’s amusement but even in the middle of that fear He was focussing His energy on God  instead of his circumstances.

it took a lot of guts for daniel to attempt direct confrontation with king nebuchadnezzar and its a miracle of God that he proceeded.

its interesting how daniel encouraged his friends to seek God for an answer to king nebucadnezzar’s dream interpretation debacle.

we can never be more knowledgeable or powerful than God cos He contains all the wisdom of the universe and all power strength and energy finds its origins in HIm.

if  we wonder why parliamentary cabinets get reshuffled or why politicians have by elections and lose their seat momentarily the simplest explanation is that God has a purpose behind every event that takes place in the history of mankind including the possibilities present within the seed of faith fuelled by experiencing HIs joy in all its brilliance.

God has more knowledge within His head than all the libraries in the world and more than all the books ever published since Egyptians started writing with papyrus or Gutenberg printed out the holy timeless word of God.

there are some things God will never reveal to us in our lifetime cos we don’t need to know them .

all we need to know is He shed HIs blood for our redemption and He wants to have a relationship with us and be the intimate lover of our souls as well as the boss of our decision making.

I want God to be God of my descendants not just my ancestors.

the subtext to daniel saying God told him what he needed to know was the sigh of relief daniel and co must have breathed knowing they weren’t dead ducks cos God intervened and gave daniel both the details of king nebuchadnezzars dream as well as its interpretation.

it was Arioch’s disobedience to the earthly king and the allegiance he showed to the king of kings that spared both daniels hide and his homies.

it took a lot of courage for daniel to beg the king for mercy .

he may have felt like the odds were stacked against him and he was gonna die anyway so he may as well have gone out in a blaze of glory and be the reason for others to source motivation to keep on going no matter what .

I love how daniel straight away takes the focus off him and puts it straight on God making sure king nebuchadnezzar knows that we have no power within ourselves and no wisdom save for that which God plants within us on the day of our new/rebirth .

I have a love hate relationship with the fact that God can reveal my secrets to people.

at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they think about me i’d just prefer to be the first to talk to others about my life rather than meeting strangers who are absolute experts on it more than the protagonist forced to endure it with each new set of twenty four hours.

we must learn from the wisdom of daniel and never think we are more intelligent than anyone else.

just because a person is illiterate it doesn’t mean they can’t communicate in an intelligent way ditto for those who never owned a television. there are better things to fill you mind with than a concise inventory of every item you ever owned from your childhood until now.


user862 posted on stackhermeneutics.com this interpretation of the meaning of the various body parts in king nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue:


Daniyy’el describes the image as follows (Dan. 2:32-33),

32 The head of that image is of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass,* 33 its legs of iron, and its feet, part of iron and part of clay.

הוּא צַלְמָא רֵאשֵׁהּ דִּי־דְהַב טָב חֲדֹוהִי וּדְרָעֹוהִי דִּי כְסַף מְעֹוהִי וְיַרְכָתֵהּ דִּי נְחָשׁ שָׁקֹוהִי דִּי פַרְזֶל רַגְלֹוהִי מנהון דִּי פַרְזֶל ומנהון דִּי חֲסַף

  • or “copper”

Daniyy’el then tells Nevukhadnetzar (נְבֻכַדְנֶצַּר), to whom he was speaking (cp. Dan. 2:1), אנתה־הוּא רֵאשָׁה דִּי דַהֲבָא׃, that is, “You are that head of gold.”

Nevukhadnetzar was the king of the Babylonian kingdom.

After the Babylonian empire came the Mede/ Persian empire (cp. Dan. 5:31). The Mede/ Persian empire is “its breast and its arms of silver.”

After the Mede/ Persian empire came the Greek empire (cp. 1 Mac. 1:1). The Greek empire is “its belly and its thighs of brass.”

After the Greek empire came the Roman empire (the NT was written during the reign of the Roman empire). The Roman empire is “its legs of iron.”

As for the mixed feet, part iron and part clay, this is a bit more mysterious.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the “clay” mixed in with the iron refers to the Arab/ Islamic empire that began after the birth of Islam and Muhammad.

Admittedly, I’m not absolutely certain about this interpretation, but I’m quite certain about the interpretation of the kingdom of Babylon, Mede/ Persia, Greece, and Rome.

If you look in Dan. 2:41 and 2:43, you’ll find the word “mixed” in English. If you look at the actual Aramaic word, it’s derived from the verb עֲרַב (arav). It’s based on the root ע-ר-ב. While this root signifies the meaning of “to mix,” it is also the same root used in the Hebrew word עֲרָבִי (aravi), meaning “Arab.” This is a cognate of the Arabic word عربي (ʿarabiyy), also meaning “Arab.”

I’m going to say that it’s a play-on-words. Daniyy’el was prophesying long into the future when the Arab empire would feud with the Roman empire. The “clay” (Arabs) would mix with the “iron” (Romans), but they would not cleave to one another (cp. Dan. 2:43). As you know, both the Roman empire and the Arab empire still exist today, albeit not in their original form.

Final note: Again, this is a theory, not something I’m absolutely certain of. Prophecy is notoriously difficult to understand, but one thing I am certain on is the identity of the Babylonian, Mede/ Persian, Greek, and Roman empires in Daniyy’el’s image. The clay is the unknown variable.

As you know, there are many commentaries on Daniyy’el’s prophecies, but allow me to suggest one for examination. It’s a tafsīr (commentary) from the Karaite scholar יפת בן עלי הלוי (Yafet ben Ali ha-Levi). See p. 12-14.

it’s crazy how daniel told king nebuchadnezzar that only God  could interpret dreams never humans and he still went and jumped to the worst possible false conclusion imagine-able  and immediately began worshipping daniel – stealing the glory and praise for a victorious conclusion that  should only ever belong to God alone.

of course we may be led to believe that king nebuchadnezzar immediately saw the error of his ways as he observes to daniel that his God is superior to all other gods.

of course we know there is no other God but God.

we don’t know whether some of the wise men were killed prior to king nebuchadnezzar’s change of heart.

its awesome that when daniel obtained his greatest moment of success he wanted to share it with his best friends so he made sure that he obtained jobs for them as well as his own God honouring self . 🙂




daniel 1

during the 3rd year of king jehoiakims reign in Judah king nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

the Lord gave him victory over king jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the temple of God.

so nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of babylonia and placed them in the treasure house of his god then the king ordered ashpenaz his chief of staff to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families who had been brought to Babylon as captives.

”select only strong healthy and good looking young men ” he said ” make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning , are gifted with knowledge and good judgment and are suited to serve in the royal palace.

train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.”

the king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens.

they were to be trained for 3 years and then they would enter the royal service.

daniel hananiah mishael and azariah were  4 of the young men chosen all from the tribe of Judah.

the chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:

daniel was called belteshazzar , hananiah was called shadrach, mishael was called Meshach & azariah was called Abednego.

but daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.

he asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.

now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for daniel but he responded” I am afraid of my lord the king who has ordered that you eat this food and  wine.

if you become thin and pale compared with the other youth your age I am afraid the king will have me beheaded”.

daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of  staff to look after daniel hananiah mishael and azariah ” please test us for 10 days on a diet of vegetables and water ” daniel said ” at the end of the 10 days see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food then make your decision in light of what you see”.

the attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for 10 days.

at the end of the 10 days daniel and his 3 friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king so after that the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others.

God gave these 4 young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom and God gave daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.

when the training period ordered by the king was completed the chief of staff brought all the young men to king nebuchadnezzar .

the king talked with them and no one impressed him as much as daniel hananiah mishael and azariah so they entered the royal service.

whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment he found them 10 times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.

daniel remained in the royal service until the 1st year of the reign of king cyrus.

selah 🙂

imagine being in king jehoiakim’s shoes.

it would be pretty horrible just going about your business eating your motzah bread when suddenly an evil king comes along and burns your city to the ground.

talk about a bad day at the office.

its interesting that God permitted nebuchadnezzar to take some of the objects from the temple but not all of them.

its terrible that nebuchadnezzar took objects that were used to worship the one true God and used them to worship a demon.

it is unclear exactly what purpose nebuchadnezzar had in transferring the allegiance of jehoiakim’s royal family from Israel to Babylon other than to have one over his vassals inadvertently telling them that not only had he taken over their land he had absorbed the spirits of their influencers by bringing them under his dominion.

its possible that he just wanted good looking young men cos he wanted Babylonian ladies to breed with them .

it was not just the Babylonian language they learned but also their pagan religion.

I can only presume that royal service involved participating in warfare as well as solving domestic disputes and joining in worship to demons.

it is significant that the four men mentioned in this book as standing out from the crowd and refusing to compromise are connected with the bloodline of Jesus’s earthly form.

Daniel’s name means servant of belial or baal ( an alternate name meaning from behindthename.com reads baal protect the king in other words the kings of Babylon sought help from demons for protection – a very foolish move seeing as it is always a demons intent to destroy rather than to preserve life.

shadrach means command of aku ( the demon moon god of Babylon).

this literally meant he was under this specific demon’s command.

Abednego means servant of nebo.

nebo was a demon worshipped falsely as a god of wisdom ironically a very foolish activity to take part in.

at first the others were reluctant to step up and show courage and refuse to have anything to do with consuming foods sacrificed to idols but daniel was brave and bold and lead the way for the rest of his homies to follow.

we do not know what the respect and admiration the chief of staff had for daniel looked like but we know he found favour in his eyes.

beheading was a common occurrence in Babylonian life and indeed in the ancient world.

if you were working for royalty you would be especially careful not to fray their tempers.

its interesting that daniel apparently spoke up on behalf of his friends without consulting them over whether they wanted to eat meat or join his vegetarian diet.

you may say this was rude but this was no time to have a meeting about what was appropriate for eating before making a joint declaration.

this situation demanded a clear decision from a level headed leader to be the brave echo of his family’s thoughts.

I don’t think daniel would have started eating meat after 10 days if he had been proven wrong but God intervened so we will never know if he would go on hunger strike if he wasn’t permitted to continue on with his healthy diet in perpetuity.

can you imagine during those 10 days h0w much david was longing for the delicious beef, lamb and chickens of home?

can you imagine his hunger pangs and his grumbling spirit how at times he almost felt like packing it in and wondering if it was all worth it?

yet God permitted him to persist despite life’s difficulties and He does exactly the same thing for us and wants us to press deeper into Him during those times when life seems impossible for us to endure one minute longer.

I cant imagine 10 days solid drinking would do anyone any good.

God provided a way so daniel never needed to compromise and go back on his vow to only eat things which pleased God.

I wonder if sometimes daniel saw being given dreams and their interpretations as too much of a burden or too heavy of a responsibility.

God may have shown him others dirty , scary and dull as dishwater dreams so often that he might have begged him to stop.

we don’t know what caused daniel and his friends to stand out from the rest of the pack apart from their willingness to risk death and defy orders.

maybe king nebuchadnezzar admired their pluckiness and thought they’d be useful members of his military.

it is not surprising to hear that those who devote every beat of their heart to loving Elohim are often found to be more intelligent than those who choose to ignore HIs wisdom.

nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was eventually taken over by king cyrus of iran/pesia.



venting prevents explosions :

I am taking a break from busking until I have enough songs to share with everyone that stumbles across my path.
I used to be able to freestyle for hours but that is the old me.
That isn’t who I am anymore.
I can still freestyle but im not as fast as I used to be.
I cant think as fast as I used to.
I have never been that good at looking people in the eyes when I am speaking to them in a normal conversation yet alone when I am performing for them.
I know its important to do this in order to establish an emotional connection with your audience.
I wish there was a church out there that appreciates my rapping enough to put me on stage other than my homies in germany western Australia America and my friends the moli aumuas church breakthrough.
I guess id better start earning my frequent flyer mileage points. 😊 lol
I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that its almost impossible to get a decent paying job if you haven’t completed at least a minimum of ten years education in this country.
In new Zealand you have to go to school for thirteen years.
At least we don’t have to suffer that much.
Its not really suffering if you are enjoying the learning experience I know.
I benefitted from my smart friend being permitted to take philosophy classes at a university in twelth grade cos he shared his textbook with me.
Obviously my mind was filled with more questions than answers.
The problem with philosophy is once you start to ask questions it just leads to more questions it doesn’t lead to the answers.
Its like you open up one door and then there is another door waiting for you behind that door and this process keeps repeating in an infinite loop.
It’s like my friends son when he ordered something from overseas and he kept on getting boxes inside boxes.
He opened up one box and there was another box inside that box waiting for him.
It’s like pass the parcel at mc donalds.
Ordinary pass the parcel is different but at mc donalds birthday parties you get a present every time the music stops so everybody winds up feeling like a winner.
Of course you could argue that this cheapens the value you would gain if you were the sole winner.
You don’t feel as special if everybody is made to feel they are on a level playing field.
This is the purpose of the education system to make us all equally knowledgeable so we can achieve whatever we want in life but it doesn’t always work out that way cos all of us have different learning styles and some of us have mental disabilities which effects our ability to retain information and process it properly.
Some of us have speech defects which cannot easily be trained out of us.
Like they say it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Of course change of the positive variety is always possible inside our minds and hearts with the divine assistance of Jesus.
I don’t know what causes kids to be resentful about going to school.
I do know that kids these days are expected to know so much more than back when I was a kid.
They have more information pushed into their brains at an earlier age.
Some may find this experience difficult to handle.
I know I would.
In some countries kids are educated in difficult subjects from the age of infancy.
There are always child prodigies but the average kid can only retain so much information before their head blows up.
And they wonder why they have kids wanting to kill themselves and suffering from depression.
Obviously their home environment and the way their fellow students treat them has a lot to do with it.
On the news today they were saying that some parents are having difficulty assisting their children with their homework.
If this is a genuine area of struggle I think every school should provide some kind of free tutorial service.
This could be bankrolled by corporate sponsorship on school uniforms and at school events such as sporting carnivals and school camps.
I think it’s a little ridiculous that some kids now have to pay for the hire of their textbooks and stationary items in government run schools.
There is discriminatory policy at work when it comes to school funding.
The catholic and Christian schools are always the last to get a piece of the pie if they are even given a seat at the table when it comes to the distribution of allowances sourced from the taxes of all citizens of the country – church going and secularist alike.
I define the concept of going to church different to some people.
I see it as two or three gathered together in Gods name where He is in their midst.
It is not necessary to enter a building with a cross on it every Sunday.
It’s enough to simply keep your conversations and thoughts centred upon God and make every effort to spend your life serving His kingdom.
I may have a new friend in my writers group if she remembers what I told her about it.
Im not like my best friend.
I don’t always enjoy the process of life.
I am always wanting to rush ahead from one thing to the next.
Im just like my dad in that respect.
I think I appreciate my sister more now that she is not living in the same country as me.
I feel sorry for her having a husband who is an invalid.
It helps me maintain an attitude of gratitude when I think of all the tragic things that could have happened to me but didn’t cos God prevented that horrific event from occurring.
I don’t know what it is about me that causes girls to want to push themselves away from me.
I understand it perfectly if they have hung out with me long enough to know about my terrible habits and my lack of commitment but not if they have only just started getting to know me and are not well acquainted enough with me to judge me with even the paltriest degree of accuracy.
I guess I should see it as a blessing when a woman rejects me cos God has someone better for me waiting around the corner and even if He doesn’t I still love Him relentlessly like He does me.

I feel sorry for a guy if he feels like he has to hire beautiful woman to keep him company to feel good inside and fulfilled in himself.
I don’t gain my self worth by behaving that way.
Im not like other guys.
I don’t get my jollies talking about cars and boats or planes or fishing for hours on end.
I like it when my female friends talk about all the beautiful clothes they like to wear.
I like it when they talk about their relationship dramas cos I learn from their problems what to avoid in my own relationships or devastating lack thereof.
Sometimes I fool myself that I am completely healed then I have a little cry cos my horrible issue that floods my spirit with self disgust rears its ugly head back up again and attempts to crucify my future.
Its funny how my journey has come full circle.
I am considering the possibility of rediscovering my humble beginnings.
I started out stacking chairs in church then graduated to rapping in front of everyone cheering and clapping and urging me on and now im probably gonna go back to stacking chairs cos in my new church no one wants to make room for a rapper on stage when theres a whole bunch of worship songs to be sung despite the fact that what I do would slot perfectly into one of the five minute dance breaks they seem to take every week or one of those moments of breathing space where they just allow God to flow an original song through the bones of His people and let His Spirit take over them and burst out their mouths like a joyful waterfall.
Right now im only going to this one church cos my homie goes there plus theres a girl at church I have a crush on.
If I find out she doesn’t like me I am not sure if I will go elsewhere cos there are plenty more cuties at church but im not sure I have the patience to wait forever for something to happen between me and dream bae when it never ever does.
I know patience is one of the ways true love is expressed.
If we are not patient with each other we cannot truly say we love our sister or brother.
We expect others to show tolerance towards us so we should show them the same courtesy and kindness when they test our willingness to maintain a positive mental attitude when they keep us waiting for them.
My mum was always skilled at pressing flowers together between the pages of a book.
I gave it a go once with minimal success.
The same thing happened when mum tried to make ice cream.
She was always better at making frozen fruit juice pops and freezing bananas for us to suck on later.
We used to get slices of buttered bread mush banana onto them and sprinkle sugar in heaped spoonfulls over the top.
I am always scared of saying the wrong thing whenever im hanging out with people regardless of how long ive known them within the confines of my computer or out there in the scary real world.
If kids today think life sucks cos they have to do heaps of maths on their calculators they should thank God they are not living in the days of my dad where you had no calculators and you had to do all the calculation of long complicated sums in your head.
I know for sure that would drive me barmy in a heartbeat.
I wonder how my pastors daughter is doing refraining from using her social media accounts.
I don’t know how I would be able to handle that.
I find the internet way too addictive.
I used to be way more addicted to watching video clips on the internet than I am now.
I used to watch a lot more television than I do these days.
It is sweet to see when a wife is prompting her husband and helping him complete a song onstage.
Some people can speak with such patronizing tones towards people with mental health issues.
It makes me sick.
They talk to them really slow as if they are little kids or they go into hyperactive mode as if everything is exciting and larger than life but its all fake and plastic.
I don’t care if my pastors think im disgusting cos I am not a sunny little beam round the clock.
They should try living in my shoes for one second.
See how they handle it.
I bet they couldn’t.
Even though my pastor grew up on the streets.
Yeah he probably got beat up.
He probably suffered a lot worse than I ever did in my life.
But he had an end to his suffering.
I don’t.
Every breath I take is agony for me.
Yet I still love Jesus and I know He loves me.
Dying on the cross should be enough motivation to encourage me to never say think or do anything sinful again but sadly it isn’t cos my human nature is sinful and I can always feel it tugging on me pulling me under the waves.
I used to be happy when I was a little kid but I never used to smile.
I was always jealous of my sister.
I used to bite her and try to suffocate her in her cot.
Yet still shes convinced that I love her.
I do but its certainly a strange kind of love.
It’s a keep your distance from me and I’ll love you better that way kind of love.
I never wanted her to come along and replace me.
I know a parent has to share their love around when they have more than one kid.
I don’t think I never got over the need for the necessity of that.
I have spent most of my life in my own self contained little world where I don’t need anybody to entertain me or make me happy.
As long as ive got books ive always been happy in the past but then along came this dreaded ailment I am currently suffering from and smack bang it hit me like a ton of bricks.
At least I can currently say I am able to read books without ripping them even though I still lift them up over my head occasionally for no apparent reason.
If I ever find a woman to love me enough to tolerate my weirdness it will definitely be a miracle.
I still have to work on not yelling at mum.
I know my gratitude for her allowing me to gestate inside her womb should make me more amicable towards her.
I hate it when she gives me jobs.
I will never get used to being told what to do no matter how long I live.
I know I should get used to it cos part of being married is learning to obey your wife’s orders.
At least that’s the way it works in our household although mum may beg to differ.
Both mum and dad are secretly convinced that the other half of their partnership is the one who has always dominated our lives since my sister and I first popped out into the world like a walrus cracking through an ice sheet.
I used to read books a lot faster in the old days than I do now.
My friend is afraid she is using her vocabulary.
I find myself skipping words.
That freaks me out.
Sometimes I randomly fall asleep in the middle of conversations.
I do it in the middle of concerts too.
I think my ex would like me better if I fell asleep in movies instead of yakking her ears off.
I know its gonna take aeons to redeem my reputation at church.
I hope that some girls who think im disgusting don’t share their opinion with every lady at church.
I hate it when a friend turns into an enemy.
I hate it when I weird out my friends and make them disappear from me.
I know I have this terrible problem of developing romantic feelings for every woman who bothers to take the time to open me up like a can of sardines with her sweet lips uttering compliments or simply sharing her heart and spilling it out in my lap.
I hate it when im getting along like a house on fire with a girl and then my best mate likes her so I have to give her up to save the friendship.
I love those girls who you can just tell absolutely everything to and gush your heart out without fear of consequences.
I like it when women are problem solvers but I love them just as much if they just want to talk about their lives and help me forget about the sludge like drudgery of mine.
I hope I didn’t scare away that woman who made a beautiful book full of photos from her trip to Botswana cos I want to buy a copy off her to give to my homegirl.
Sometimes im ok with being permanently relegated to the friendzone.
At other times it drives me bonkers and I feel like a caged tiger at the zoo desperate to escape this going nowhere dog running round in circles chasing its tail like situation.
I hate myself for having my phone off when my homegirl wanted to chill with me.
Then when I finally turned my phone on and thought id get off at her nearest railway station and hang out with her she was busy at work cos she talked about hanging out that afternoon but she meant the afternoon when she wrote it not when I was ready for her which was way too late ☹
I hate it how people use emo for the emotion of sadness as if sadness is the only emotion and so therefore you can’t be a happy little emo. 8)
I love my friends who send me tee shirts.
Im still waiting to get them so I wont promote them until they come good for me.
I do want to say that I am proud to have a friend who wants to do something to help the kids in his local community though.
I thought about asking him to send a tee to my friends the moli aumuas but I didn’t because I want him to bless me first.
Maybe I will bug him to be slightly more generous later down the track.
Im not a manipulative machivellian like personality who uses and abuses his friends.
I don’t just keep people in my life for what I can get out of them, chewing them up then spitting them out again when their usefulness to me has expired.
I heard a really inspirational song today about the conflict in Lebanon between the state government and some rebels.
The author of the song was comparing the situation of the Lebanese to the situation of the people in Ireland which has also been torn apart by war and democracy/ royal decree/ religious differences.
It was a message of protest against terrorism.
The words were hard hitting talking about parents sacrificing their children.
In times of war some parents do this by choice others are forced into it.
I feel worst of all for the kids in Uganda sudan and congo who were forced to kill their own parents or taste the bullet meant for their destruction inside the confines of their own mouth.


psalm 150

praise the Lord

praise God in His sanctuary

praise Him in His mighty heaven

praise HIm for His mighty works

praise His unequalled greatness

praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn

praise Him with the lyre and harp

praise Him with the tambourine and dancing

praise HIm with strings and flutes

praise Him with a clash of cymbals

praise Him with loud clanging cymbals

let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord

praise the Lord 🙂

selah ❤

you are God’s sanctuary if you believe in Jesus.

your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

your heart is a storage facility for the ark of the covenant.

you are a carrier of God’s presence into the world around you.

God made the world with HIs hands and breath.

let that sink in.

all we do when we breathe is contribute towards the problem of carbon dioxide.

we are killing the world simply by breathing yet His breath gives us life twice- both in body form and spirit form if we are willing to ask HIs forgiveness for our sins and receive HIs free gift of eternal glorying in HIs home and presence.

nobody is bigger than God.

no one can defeat God in battle.

you cannot kill God.

you can numb your conscience but you can’t stop Him from whispering His truth into your spirit.

we do not know if God speaks to those in hell or if He remains silent.

we do know in heaven channels of communication are continually flowing back and forth like rivers of love between God and HIs creation who have chosen to make HIm Lord as well as life breather.

the rams horn is significant cos it is the sacrificial animal of choice when Abraham made the ultimate selfless choice echoing through the ages foretelling of a future decision made by our father in heaven to sacrifice His most precious only son to save the world. ❤

few of us would allow ourselves to be killed to spare the lives of our friends yet alone strangers and enemies and even fewer of us would allow our children – the legacy we leave behind when we die in human form the one who will  carry on our name and represent us when we’re gone to be offered up and bled to death for those who hate our guts and refuse to listen to a single word of our good advice.

never let it be said that any instrument or music style is inappropriate for usage in worship of our most wonderful Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

even things that cant breathe like flowers fruits and vegetables praise the Lord with their growth and how they rejuvenate the earth and fertilize the next generation with their death.

the birds praise the Lord with their beautiful song, even in their mating they are bringing God delight to see His creation flourishing .

all things done in the right way bring Him glory not shame.

He wants us to be free from our shame and fear.

He wants to turn our tears of sorrow into tears of joy.

the more we remind ourselves of what He did for us in the past the more we will be able to focus our energy away from fruitless negativity towards useful positivity.

God doesn’t just want us to feel good about ourselves He wants us to be grateful for His sacrifice and let that motivate us to broadcast the only message of hope worth hearing that HIs blood can save all souls.

without HIs sacrifice attached to it any offer of hope is falsehood.

peace and joy is impossible to obtain outside a relationship with HIm.


psalm 149

praise the Lord

sing to the Lord a new song

sing HIs praises in the assembly of the faithful

o Israel rejoice in your maker

O people of Jerusalem exult in your king

praise HIs name with dancing accompanied by tambourine and harp for  the Lord delights in His people He crowns the humble with victory

let the faithful rejoice that He honours them

let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds

let the praises of God be in their mouths and a sharp sword in their hands to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples to bind their kings with shackles and their leaders with iron chains to execute the judgment written against them , this is the glorious privilege of His faithful ones

praise the Lord 🙂

selah ❤

wherever people are meeting together praising the Lord that is the assembly of the faithful.

it doesn’t have to be a church building.

it can be your local burger king or the park down the street so long as you centre your conversations and actions around acknowledging the presence of God and bringing HIm glory.

gentiles are not exempt from joining in the jews as they celebrate our soon coming messiah.

all of us should take every opportunity to give God props for all the things He has done in our lives all He is doing in the present and all He will continue to do for us and in us in the future.

physical movements of the body may get a bad rap cos they are used to glorify satan but they can also be used to bring praise to our creator and saviour and that is the only purpose we should use them for.

dancing can tell a story or it can simply be a physical response to a beat such as clapping your hands and stomping your feet.

any physical movement even nodding your head and technically even blinking your eyes can be considered dancing although that’s possibly stretching it too far . 🙂

there are some physical movements that are considered overtly sexual in nature.

any kind of movement that involves touching your body can have satanic connotations but it doesn’t have to be the case.

shaking your butt or cleavage is only evil if you are doing it for the purpose of attracting a mate and you already have one.

it is not the movement of the body that is evil but the lust of the flesh that attaches itself to us when we watch somebody dancing that is evil.

I find it impossible to watch a woman gyrating her hips and dancing without becoming sexually stimulated.

maybe it is different for other guys.

for this reason once I’m married I probably wont be watching too many dance performances cos I want to keep my eyes and heart focussed on just one woman.

how beautiful to think that God takes delight in us.

it is easy to be puffed up full of pride but we must remember that thinking too highly of ourselves is not the key to success .

the key to success is found in putting God and others above yourself.

this is what makes you a winner in God’s eyes.

it is a wonderful thing to be honoured by the Lord.

it is so incredible to have HIs favour on our lives that words just cant describe how awesome it is.

I don’t often sing for joy when I lie on my bed but I’m gonna make a habit of doing so.

it must be the best feeling to drift off peacefully into dreams giving glory to God at the top of your lungs til you finally exhaust your supply of energy.

what a wonderful thing to use that time of relaxation actively meditating upon God’s goodness.

I am not sure I agree with the philosophy that those who love God are called to take their enemies prisoner but I can see the necessity for such an action in the history of Israel when they faced strong opposition from outside forces and at times had to use brute force to get the job done of maintaining peace.

it is Gods will to punish not our own.

I think what we should focus on in the trailending verses of this psalm is the unction that praise for God should always be on our lips even when we are forced to endure difficult circumstances.

I personally think our glorious privilege is to partake of our inheritance of God’s kingdom with our fellow saints who have departed us and gone on to be with the Lord.