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Don’t Make an Idol of Your Destiny

written by Asher Intrater
February 01, 2013

A similar expression is found in both chapter 2 and 3 of Daniel: tselem di dahab, meaning, “image of gold.” The word for “image” here is the same as found in Genesis 1:26 that we are made in God’s “image.”

In chapter 2 Nebuchadnezzar receives an amazing dream, which is interpreted supernaturally by the prophet Daniel, revealing the destiny of Nebuchadnezzar and the history of generations to come. In the dream there is a huge statue, of which the head is made of “pure gold” (Daniel 2:32). The prophet declares to King Nebuchadnezzar, “You are the head of gold” (Daniel 2:38).

Soon after (Daniel 3:1), Nebuchadnezzar builds a huge idol of gold and demands for everyone in the whole world to bow down to it. Anyone who refused would be killed brutally. He took the “image of gold,” representing his own destiny, and made an idol out of it. He became infuriated if anyone wasn’t impressed with his destiny unto the point of adoration.

What a stupid thing to do! – To make an idol out of one’s destiny. Ah, well… many people today do the same thing. They take the glorious calling that God has given by His grace, and expect everyone to tell them how wonderfully “gifted” they are. If anyone doesn’t recognize their destiny and praise them for it, they become offended. This is the modern spiritual version of Nebuchadnezzar’s ancient idolatry.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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