Full text of Billy Graham’s sermon titled ‘How to Put God Above All Else’
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Billy Graham – Evangelist
Now, tonight I want you to turn with me to the third chapter of Daniel.
Now, at this time, Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and he was the greatest of all the kings, probably, that ever lived. And he conquered Jerusalem. And he takes some Jewish captives among the young men, many of them in their middle or late teens. They were scientifically inclined. He takes them back to Babylon to train them, to help him as he builds his empire.
Very much like the Soviets and the Americans after World War II. They took German scientists. I remember one of them was Wernher von Braun, who made a great contribution to the American military power.
And I remember sitting with Wernher von Braun not long before he died. We were at a banquet in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel. And my wife and I happened to be at the table with him. And we’d known him quite a long time. And he told us how intellectually he had come to believe in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Not just by faith alone, but he became convinced that there was a God and that drove him to study the Bible and the New Testament. And he came to know Christ as his Savior.
Now, among the captives of Nebuchadnezzar, there were a number of top young Jewish men. Four of them are named in this passage: Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego. And they were disciplined in all the ways of the Babylonians so that they could help as Nebuchadnezzar extended his empire to become the greatest empire in the world at that time.