The Bible clearly states that the nations will be
judged for their treatment of Yahweh’s people (Genesis 12:3;
Matthew 25:31-46). Such a great fear of the LORD must have
been sown into the king’s heart to account for his adding to
Babylon’s canon of laws, the official decree of toleration
towards the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. With this
decree, he saved his people from the wrath of God. God brought
about two miracles that day: the deliverance and the decree.
Decrees like this one are found in nonbiblical sources
of Babylon and Persia. The Council of Wisdom, which comes from
this period reads:
Every day worship your god.
Sacrifice and benediction are the proper accompaniment of
Present your freewill offering to your god,
For this is proper towards the gods.
Offer him daily, and you will get your reward.
Then you will have full communion with your god.
your wisdom study the tablet.
(Documents from Old
Testament Times, 106).
As surmised from the Council of
Wisdom, one could choose his or her god or gods. Since the
king acknowledged the Most High God, it was not difficult for
Nebuchadnezzar to add the God of Israel to the Babylonian
pantheon. The king has not yet recognized Yahweh as sovereign.
Keep in mind that God is still working on him. The king is
about to discover that there are not many gods, but one!
THE COMMISSION (3:30)
One can imagine how the already envious Chaldeans
felt when the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
in the province of Babylon. Faith is rewarded!