Daniel's Statue: Head of
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Pamela Ayn Austen
31. As you, O king, were watching, a great statue appeared. A great and dazzling statue stood before you, and its form was awesome.
32. The head of the statue was pure gold. . .
37. . . . You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom God of heaven has given sovereignty, power, strength, and glory.
38. Wherever the sons of men or beasts of the field or birds of the air dwell, he has given them into your hand and has made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold.
The statue in its entirety represents the culmination of human greatness, as far as it will take them, within four different ungodly empires. The statue represents human pride.
In as much as gold represents perfection, the head of gold symbolizes the perfection of human pride.
We can see this by what God says to Nebuchadnezzar through Daniel, and also what God does to the king later. God calls him the king of kings (above them all); but later, due to the king's great pride in all that he had built and accomplished in Babylon, God turns the king's mind to that of an animal for seven years.
Instead of the king giving God the glory for the rise and greatness of Babylon, he gives himself all of the glory: this is human pride.
After Nebuchadnezzar is released from God's punishment, he gives praise to heaven and to God, and states about God, "He is able to humble those who walk in pride." Daniel 4:37
The empires that followed after Babylon were all inferior to it. Nebuchadnezzar is made the head of the statue - the statue of human pride - because he was the perfection of human pride, and the other empires and kings simply followed the path he had cut.
King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 2:12: "For what more can the king's successor do than what has already been accomplished?"
Also, the head of gold, the empire of Babylon, is pictured as the lion with eagle's wings in Daniel 7:4. See article.
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