Hope Even in God’s Righteous Judgement
The Word of God offers so much encouragement even in the midst of persecution, correction, and even judgement.
In Daniel 1:1 it says, “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it”. This was because of the kingdom of Judah’s continual disobedience to God, so God allowed for the Babylonians to come and conquer His people for chastisement for their sin. A sad story! But even in the midst of this disciplining correction God is still merciful, gracious, and loving. He set-up 4 young ambassadors inside the kingdom of Babylon to represent Himself and God’s people while His people were takin out of Israel and placed in Babylon under their king’s rule. We all know these 4 young men by their Babylonian names Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- Nego, but this was not their true names. Their names were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
Now what is important here is the definition of their names in Hebrew for Daniel means judge of God or rather “God’s judgment”. Hananiah means “the grace of God”, Mishael means “who is what God is,” and Azariah means “the God who helps. When one puts this together it means that “Even in Judgement (Daniel) my Grace is sufficient (Hananiah), because I am the incomparable God who can judge and redeem at the same time (Mishael), because I am the God who helps and saves (Azariah). Even in the midst of the Jews judgement God still offers hope or rather the good news of the gospel to help them and get through this hard time of God’s loving discipline in their lives.
Pastor Isaac Moscoso