The Music of Gold
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
It would appear from the text that King Nebuchadnezzar ruled a kingdom of influence, power, and progress.
This king used music as a tool to call his kingdom to worship.
He had a 90 foot high image made from gold. He set is up for all to see. He first invited all the kingdoms leaders and important people to a ribbon cutting ceremony and party. Once all the successful and influential people had arrived to see the image together, King Nebuchadnezzar made sure to let them all know in a LOUD voice the following mandate and command:
“Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
King Nebuchadnezzar demanded a cultural response to his agenda of false worship. False worship is the worship is idolatry. False worship is replacing The Creator God with the creation.
This command for worship had no exceptions. If some decided they did not want to worship this image, they would need to be prepared to face death.
King Nebuchadnezzar said, "Worship this image when I tell you to or die!"
The command for outright idol worship was a cultural stab and attempt to end true worship. The Politicians and Scholars propagated...
At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”
This ultimatum used fear and control. This reminds me of a dream I had of President Donald Trump. I recommend checking it out.
It seems like King Nebuchadnezzar knew something about the power of music. Did he know its important role in devotion, reflection, and worship? Did he know the expression of the soul with which music communicates? Did he know music existed before the Earth? Did he know songs surround the Most High God? Did he know how music controls atmosphere?
King Nebuchadnezzar used the creativity of fine arts to draw attention away from the one true living God. This particular policy of King Nebuchadnezzar had a much more sinister agenda.
Could this musically influenced mandate have been fueled by and directly inspired by the devil himself?