The Head of Gold

Read Daniel 2:36-45

“This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold.”

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Tulip | Cypress, Texas | March 2011

I had a conversation a few years ago with a colleague whom I thought would be an excellent choice to serve as the President of our national church body. His reply to me was stunning. When I asked him if he would be willing to run he said simply, “No.” That’s not stunning. When I asked him, “Why not?”, he answered, “Why would I want to be king of nothing?” That was stunning. But maybe he had it right – albeit in a way he may not have intended.

“It’s good to be king,” they say. That’s true with several conditions:

  • That you’re actually king of something;
  • That you’re actually in control of your kingdom; and
  • That you’re still king.

Nebuchadnezzar was soon to find out that while he was king…at that moment, and a significant one at that (“head of gold”), his kingdom would not last forever. He would yield his reign to another. Others would follow after that, then still others.

Without going too far into this section, let’s just say this: “Even heads of gold have feet of clay.” We may have our 15 minutes of fame, or a flash of glory, or even a lifetime of achievements. We may be able to claim all sorts of fame or glory for a time, but even the strongest and most powerful will see their lives come to an end.

To that end, I will therefore add to the saying, “It’s good to be king…if you remember that you have feet of clay.” What’s more, whatever power, glory, splendor, and standing you have comes from another. God is over all. He sets kings on their thrones, casts down the mighty, and does all things with one thing in mind: to bring us to repentance and faith.

It’s good to be king if we remember that there is a King of kings: the God of heaven. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who has revealed himself as a loving Father, who sent his Son, and pours out his Holy Spirit through the message of his Son and brings people into his eternally-good, righteous, holy, and glorious rule and reign. His kingdom is above all, and all in whom Jesus rules in truth and grace that kingdom is present. The is the head of gold of whose feet are bronze – solid and rich in meaning (cf. Revelation 1:15, and this interesting article on the meaning of “feet of bronze”).

3 comments
  1. +++LOVE your last paragraph and the powerful reminder of who our God IS, especially the vivid image that Jesus is the “head of gold whose feet are bronze,” yes, solid and rich in meaning, especially connecting to the referenced article!

    These are just my own bullet-point take-away(s):

    +Remember my place – I am the created and HE did the creating! Less of me and more of Him.

    +God is The Eternal One-in-Three – I am NOT! I will die! Even as I might “die to self” daily, my body continues to step closer and closer to earthly death (I am getting older!)

    +Time passes. Earthly Kings, Presidents, leaders come and go.

    +Jesus reigns and WILL forever!

    ++Feet of Bronze! Feet in Prayer! Very heavy, staying awhile – moving slowly – not coming quickly to judge but allowing time … for??? … the Great Commission; 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28: 18-19

    +Jesus is standing firm, not running away from us or our sins. He moved steadily toward the Cross, not away from it.

    +Feet heavy in prayer might remain there in prayer for a great long time!
    “- not to destroy, but to correct.” Thank you Jesus, for the chance to correct!

    +Pray in earnest! Praise Him in prayer; confess to Him in prayer; thank Him in prayer; ask Him in prayer; listen for Him in prayer; bathe in prayer and be bathed in His presence and Word in prayer.

    ++Love to talk to this GOD of ours! : ) Love to hear your thoughts!

  2. dianne moses said:

    This Post causes me to want to share the story of a letter that I received last week which is truly satanic in every way and has been followed by a telephone call which was too broken up for me to understand! This letter has no letterhead and is typed, front and back on three pages. It is an invitation to join a secret society whose celebrity member’s names would be revealed to me after I agree to join. I say this letter is satanic for it promises me fame, fortune, notoriety, and even the ability to read the minds of other people! If Satan was to make an offer of all that he could offer to win your soul, this letter would contain all of that! Have you heard of letters such as this? It is frightening! The letter is surprising enough in itself, but what really surprised me was the realization that I do not need super human power for I have been so very, very blessed by all that God has given me and the ways in which He, our All Mighty Creator, has chosen to use me for His own purposes. This realization left me with the most heightened feeling of joy of God’s Love! I can not need anything more from this life than I have already been blessed with and by from our Almighty Savior, Jesus Christ!

    God bless you, always Pastor Dianne Moses

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Thanks for sharing this. Amazing isn’t it, how some people think they have insights and knowledge that no one else has, and that you need it! So thankful that you saw through that, and claimed your true identity in Christ. God’s blessings to you! > > >

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