Have you ever considered Scripture was not given to us apart from the stories, actions, decisions, words, thoughts, and characteristics of real people? More importantly, Scripture is given to us through God’s dealings through and with these people?
If God’s Word is eternal, was Scripture written to merely record history or was it written to define history and God’s decrees established before the foundation of the world?
Could that which is in Scripture not have happened? Could Saul not have persecuted Christians? Could Matthew not have been a tax collector? Could the thoughts and intentions of man’s heart not been so wicked that God would not have sent a great flood? Could Joseph’s brothers not have sold him into slavery? Could David not have been pursued by Saul? Could Daniel not have been thrown into the lion’s den? Could Lydia not have been from Thyatira and present in Philippi to hear Paul preach the Gospel? Could Herod not have ruled at the time of Christ? Could Stephen not have been stoned? Could Judas not have betrayed Christ? Could John the Baptist not have been beheaded? Could Peter not drawn his sword? Could the Centurion not have beheld the Son of God at the foot of the cross?
Nebuchadnezzar could not have raised a golden image, could not have thrown the three Jewish men in the fiery furnace, could not have declared to his people not to oppose the Jewish God, could not have gone mad until he recognized the sovereign hand of God, and could not have declared what he did in Daniel 4:34-35 that God would record as His Word to reveal of Himself:
At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; 35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
God did not merely use Nebuchadnezzar’s experience to reveal Himself, rather He ordained Nebuchadnezzar’s experience to reveal Himself. As such, he has sovereignly ordained the experiences of all men that they would fulfill His purposes in His unfolding plan of redemption for His glory alone (just read Ephesians chapter 1 to see that this is true).
In closing, have you ever pondered the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God that every single word in Scripture was decreed before the foundation of the world, and nothing that is in Scripture could have not been written? Every detail of Scripture, whether of man or angels or animals or natural phenomena or any other created thing, God established before He said “let their be light”, and every detail of Scripture is for us today and has been since the beginning.
Oh the glories and infinite wisdom of the Most High God, who works all things according to the counsel of His will!