What Was The Golden Image That Nebuchadnezzar Made In Daniel 3:1?
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Question: What was the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar made in Daniel Chapter 3, verse 1. Reading my Companion Bible notes & appendix, it appears that it have been a male organ? Basically, they were worshipping the creation of life with this image?
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Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Ken, thank you for the question.
There is no way to document that with 100% certainty, but I believe you are correct. It was very common in ancient times to worship the male organ as people understood the creation of life. We can find this in historical finds as well as writings. We know the image in Daniel is not of a man as the dimensions will not fit. We are told it was threescore cubits in height and six cubits in width.
While the length of a cubit is still debated, we will use 21 inches for argument sake. The image was equal to a height of 1,260 feet and a width of 126 feet. Definitely not the proportions that would equal a man.
To the audience, I believe Ken is referencing appendix 42 in the KJV Companion Bible.
I would like to point out the number of sixes that are contained within the dimensions of the image. Additionally, in Daniel 3:5 we have six different musical instruments. We should note that Satan’s number 6 is used several times here.
Looking forward to the Tribulation of Satan we know he has the world create an image as well, though it will be much more magnificent than the one we read of in Daniel (Revelation 13:14-15).