Daniel: Trusting God
02/06/2017, by John Kincaid
Lesson 1043: Daniel 3:1-7, Pt.2
The image was 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide – probably a statue on a pedestal. The 60 x 6 x 6 cubits (KJV) introduce the number of man and pride. Rev.13:18
7 is the number of God and completeness; as humans, our best efforts always fall short.
The image was comparable to the 70-cubit Colossus of Rhodes (280 BC, 7 Wonders).
The king chose the plain so that the city buildings would not overshadow the image. People would walk for about 2 hours; the image appeared larger as they approached.
It had a gold body (not just head), hoping to contradict Daniel & disprove the dream. The king now believed his empire would last forever, never changing to silver/iron.
The image was probably not solid gold, but wood overlaid with gold leaf. This is symbolic of outward greatness but “inferior interior” – hollow, counterfeit.
This construction was common in small idols.
Isaiah 40:19, 41:7, Jeremiah 10:3-9
About This Series
The book of Daniel, unlike any other, shows us that God is in control.
Daniel shows that God's wisdom is infinite, and God's love is perfect.
Because this is true, we can trust God.
This series seeks to build deep trust in God. Then even in troubled times, we can live without fear.