As our regular readers know, I’ve been writing a series of prayers on the healing of neurologic diseases. Several of the prayers have focused on Daniel 4, the account of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, insanity, and restoration. The purpose of these events is revealed in the dream:
Daniel 4:17 (New King James Version)
‘ This decision is by the decree of the watchers,
And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,
In order that the living may know
That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
Gives it to whomever He will,
And sets over it the lowest of men.’
Nebuchadnezzar’s restoration commences as he blesses El Elyon, God Most High.
This name for God was first revealed to Abram after he and his 318 men defeated four kings and armies. Afterward Melchizedek king of Salem and priest of God Most High (El Elyon) said
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Both stories involve the sovereignty of God over geopolitical kings. I had puzzled over the fact that the number of Abram’s men had been recorded. Was there significance to this? Abram and his 318 men make 319 warriors. Can the number be found elsewhere in scripture?
Let’s look at David’s tabernacle (1 Chronicles 25:1-26:19). David and the commanders of the army set apart some men for the work of prophesy and music. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were prophets (seers). Their sons led 24 praise teams of 12 persons each, assigned to the hours of the day. In addition, the temple gatekeepers had ministry duties. The named gatekeepers are Meshelemiah, Zechariah, Jediael, Zebadiah, Jathniel, Elam, Jehohanan, Eliehoenai, Obed-Edom, Shemaiah, Jehozabad, Joah, Sakar, Nethanel, Ammiel, Issachar, Peullethai, Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, Elihu, Semakiah, Hosah the Merarite, Shimri, Hilkiah, Tabaliah, Zechariah.
Three seers + 288 musicians + 28 gatekeepers= 319.
Again, there are geopolitical undertones. It was during David’s reign that the nation of Israel underwent an incredible expansion.
I went back to Daniel 4, looking for the number 319 and did not find it. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream followed on the heels of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in chapter 3. What is verse 3:19?
Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.
El Elyon, Most High God,
We do know that You rule the kingdom of mankind and give it to whomever You will and set over it the humblest and lowliest of men. Amen.