This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Acknowledge is a word which seems to me to be important in the Bible. There are several ways acknowledge may be used. It can mean recognise that something is true, recognise that someone exists, greet someone, and recognise someone’s contribution to one’s own work as in the acknowledgements at the end of many books.
I searched the Bible on the Bible Gateway website to find instances of the word acknowledge in the NIVUK translation of the Bible. I discovered that there were four main contexts in which Acknowledge appeared.
- To acknowledge one’s sins Psalm 32:5
- To acknowledge one’s family. Deuteronomy 21:17
- Jesus promised that He will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him and that those, who acknowledge him also have the Father. Matthew 10:32 , 1 John 2:23 , Revelation 3:5
Nebuchadnezzar learns that God must be acknowledged
The Book of Daniel is full of dreams and prophecies. Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king, whose story is told in Daniel 1-4. When Nebuchadnezzar had his first disturbing dream he asked his wise men and advisers not only to interpret the dream, but first to tell him what he had dreamt. Otherwise he would execute them.
This was an impossible request. Daniel was one of the advisers, whose life was at stake. He asked his three friends to pray with him that God would reveal the dream and spare their lives. The dream and its interpretation were revealed to Daniel. He explained it to the king and many lives were spared as Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged Daniel’s God to be the God of gods and Lord of kings.
This acknowledgement was short-lived. Daniel interpreted a later dream, which predicted that as a result of claiming glory for himself rather than for God Nebuchadnezzar would be reduced to behaving like an animal, eating grass. Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the advice that he could avoid this fate by acknowledging his dependence on God.
Nebuchadnezzar became prideful and the prophecy was fulfilled. After a time Nebuchadnezzar did acknowledge God and his sanity and his kingship were restored.