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TEXT : “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” - Daniel 4:17.

COMMENT: It is easy for one who is in authority or position of leadership to be carried away by the powers of his office, the praise of men, material benefits that go with such offices and the flatter of opportunists who are seeking easy favours. Because power could intoxicate, those who are not mature enough for such positions, especially when there are no checks on their authority,  it is generally said that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. One of those who was carried away by power was King Nebuchadnezzar. Despite being warned in a dream that he should break off his sins by righteousness, he still boasted that he had built Babylon by his own power.

Consequently, he was given the mind of a beast, and was eating grace as oxen, walking with hands and feet for seven years. The purpose of the chastisement was, as stated in the text for today, for him to acknowledge that it is the Most High who rules in the kingdom of men and that it is what He allows that stands. Leaders should realise that they are mortals. The powers given them is to be utilized for the benefit of the people. They should know that they are servants, not lords to deal with God’s creatures as they please. They should know that eventually they are accountable to God for their stewardship. St. Paul stated: “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12.

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