This was good. I really enjoyed Mr. Collins take on Daniel. The way he wove together elements from the biblical account with fictional items that gave the story life was very creative and the things he added made sense, building on events recorded in the Bible, without ever compromising the truth of the Word.
When I read the accounts of the exile, the details about the Babylonian kings, the prophecies, the dreams, the fiery furnace, the lion’s den, and everything that transpires in the Book of Daniel, it is a narrative that has plenty of color, but Mr. Collins injects dimensions that connect the dots in many ways. I liked the story of how Daniel became ingratiated with his captors from the beginning, how Nebuchadnezzar got him out of the way when he threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, how Daniel met King Cyrus of Persia, and how everything came together. The fictional pieces only describe Mr. Collins perspective of how the biblical narrative builds from the exile to the return, but they are compatible with the biblical account, and they are a beautiful story of the ways in which God is faithful to his people, and the ways in which, even though it costs us much, our faithfulness to him is never discounted.
God took care of the faithful among the Judah exiles, and he takes care of the faithful today. That doesn’t mean that every moment of our lives will meet the worlds standards of prosperity or health, but it does mean that God takes care of his own, in his timing to his glory. That is the overall message of Daniel in the Bible, and it is certainly the message that Mr. Collins expands and elaborates on in Babylon’s Falling.
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