Video: Pride, Babylon, and the Wonders of the World

Daniel records this scene from the life of Nebuchadnezzar:

"He was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, "Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty" (Daniel 4:29-30)?

The ensuing narrative, which we will consider in the sermon on Sunday, shows how God works in Nebuchadnezzar's life to deal with his pride.  The narrative concludes with Nebuchadnezzar declaring of God, "Those who walk in pride he is able to humble" (Daniel 4:37).

Did Nebuchadnezzar have something to be proud of?  "In addition to its size," wrote Herodotus in 450 B.C., "Babylon surpasses in splendor any city in the known world."  Nebuchadnezzar oversaw the construction of two ancient wonders of the world: its city walls and hanging gardens.  Herodotus claimed the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Wide enough, he said, to allow two four-horse chariots to pass each other.  The video below gives a glimpse of the ancient gardens built by Nebuchadnezzar.

Lots to see from the rooftops of Babylon indeed.  Of course most of us are tempted to insane levels of pride with much less to be proud of.