The Father’s grandchildren

THE FATHER’S GRANDCHILDREN

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk of the word so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment. – 1 Peter 2:2

Daniel 5:18-22

 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.

 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.

 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone, he desires to rule over them.

 22 “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.

When it comes to food, the smell of great cooking does not satisfy, rather it “whets your appetite.” When you watch other people eat food that does not help either. The only thing that really satisfies is when you eat the food for yourself.

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The Father has made the pure milk of His word available to all. The only way that we can derive the maximum benefit of the pure milk of His word is if we take it in for ourselves.

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk of the word so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,

But too often, we think that we do not have time to spend in the word ourselves. Or perhaps, we will not understand it. We do not consume it firsthand. Instead, we opt for condensed milk or reprocessed milk. That is, we benefit from others who spend time reading, studying, meditating upon, and memorizing the word for themselves. They consume it and derive all of the rich benefits that it offers. But then, they only give us a condensed version of the real thing. Sometimes it is totally reprocessed, like pasteurized or homogenized milk. What goes in and what comes out is filtered and much is lost. It is no longer the same as the original pure milk. The Father’s word is meant to be consumed by each of His children for themselves.

If Peter were writing today, perhaps instead of speaking of pure milk, he might say go to your local health food store and buy raw milk instead of processed milk.

REFLECT & PRAY

There is something on which Christians must set their hearts. They must yearn for the unadulterated milk of the word. The Greek term translated is unadulterated, pure adolos. Adolos is used in a technical sense to describe corn that is entirely free from chaff or dust or useless or harmful matter. In all human wisdom, there is some element of what is either useless or harmful; the word of God alone is altogether good (Barclay).

Father thank you that You have made us Your children. May we diligently pass on this legacy to our own family and friends.

INSIGHT

Does the Father have grandchildren? No, absolutely not! The Father only has children. Faith is a personal decision that everyone must make for themselves. It is not like a human trait or inheritance that is passed from one generation to the next. It is incumbent upon each of the Father’s children to provide enough information, biblical instruction, and life by example to allow their children to come to faith in the Father and His word for themselves.

This is perfectly illustrated in the book of Daniel chapters 2-5. The Father is reaching out to Nebuchadnezzar in a special way through Daniel and his three Jewish friends: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In Daniel 2,Daniel is given supernatural wisdom not only to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s reoccurring nightmare, but also to tell him exactly what the dream was about. He was not some shadowy soothsayer. Rather, the Father revealed the exact contents and meaning of the dream to him. Nebuchadnezzar was impressed and totally shocked. He believed in the God of Israel and His supernatural powers.

Daniel 2:47-49

 47 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.”

 48 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.

 49 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.

Next Daniels three friends refused to obey the king’s command to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. They considered such an act, idolatry. Consequently they were thrown into the fiery furnace. They were miraculously protected by the Father’s angel. Nebuchadnezzar could not believe his eyes, and believed in the Father’s great power, reality, and existence. He realized that truly the God of Israel was at work in the space-time continuum.

Daniel 3:28-30

 28 “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.

 29 . . . There is no other god who can rescue like this!”

 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar had faith in the Father, but not the kind of faith that would make him a child the King.

In chapter 4, because Nebuchadnezzar was proud and braggadocios, he wound up with a form of mental illness called boanthropy. When he finally came to his senses, he finally accepted the Father as his God.

Daniel 4:34-37

 34 “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal.

 35 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?’

 36 “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.

 37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”

Nebuchadnezzar, the pagan king of Babylon, was now a believer in the true and living God of Israel. He had become one of the Father’s children. But he failed to pass on his faith to his family and descendants. The handwriting was literally on the wall regarding his grandson, Belshazzar.

Belshazzar knew nothing of the God of Israel or Daniel His prophet. He threw a great feast and in so doing mocked the God of Israel. A hand appeared and wrote a message on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN (Daniel 5:25).

Belshazzar was scared to death. He was told about Daniel who had the wisdom insight and understanding of the gods. He was told to call in Daniel and he would interpret the meaning of the words (Daniel 5:11-12).

Daniel 5:17-22

 17 Daniel answered the king, Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.

 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.

 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.

 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone, he desires to rule over them.

 22 You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.

The Father only has children, not grandchildren!

Daniel 5:23-24

 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!

 24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.

Daniel 5:30 That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.

Because of his pride, defiance, and unbelief in the true, living God of Israel, Belshazzar was toast.

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