Let’s see, thus far we have covered Bi-Polar Disorder and Depression, so this week I would like to study someone who I believe is the front runner for suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
You know I have never actually heard anyone accuse someone else of being a Narcissus. At least not in real life, however, it is a term that I have heard in movies. Usually referring to someone who is extremely self-centered. I think they may have even been the bad guys in the storyline. Someone this self-centered would have to be a bad guy, right?
Let me ask you a question concerning the last statement. What traits would a person have to display in your mind in order to qualify them as being a bad person, or in the movies a villain?
Here are some names of people in the Bible that may have been Narcissists and they may have been seen as the villain in the part that they played in history.
King Herod (Agrippa): In chapter 12 of the book of Acts, we read that he violently killed James and threw Peter in jail. Now neither of these things would qualify him as being a Narcissist however at the end of this chapter he drops dead from refusing to give God the glory (v23). It is kind of funny when you think about it, but Narcissism must have run in the Herod family. Herod the Great murder Jewish boys at the time of Jesus’ birth because of his fear of losing the throne. Herod the Tetrarch (the father of Herod Agrippa from above) felt he was above the law and took his brother Philip’s wife to be his own.
However, these guys are not the droids we are looking for. In fact, the Homecoming King of the Narcissistic ball goes to King Nebuchadnezzar.
I don’t know how well you know King Nebuchadnezzar or how you view him, but at his time the Jewish people viewed him as a villain. He murdered kings, princes, guards and anyone who opposed him. He torched Jerusalem and destroyed the temple of God. Remember Nineveh from the book of Jonah, well he destroyed it.
At the time he was unstoppable and for good reason. In Books like Jeremiah (27) and Nahum, God tells his people as well as the people of the other surrounding kingdoms that King Nebuchadnezzar is going to come and that he will execute God judgment upon them for their disobedience.
I want to lay this all out for you; no army in the Middle East was able to stand against him, not even Jerusalem. Assyria, Egypt, the Ammonites, the Moabites, etc. all fell at his feet or by his sword. And God Himself told all these nations that Nebuchadnezzar was coming and specifically used Nebuchadnezzar’s name. This would give me a god complex how about you?
It did for Nebuchadnezzar. He ended up making for himself a statue of gold in his likeness which was 90 feet tall. Then one night while he was walking in his gardens he looked up and gave himself credit for how big his kingdom had become instead of giving credit where credit was do. To God!
One of the reasons I picked Nebuchadnezzar as the Homecoming King of the Narcissistic Ball other than meeting some criteria on a website is that he is me and I am willing to bet at times he is you. See anytime that we put sin above God and choose to gratify our fleshly desires in some part we become Narcissists. Praise God for sending his son for us, and washing away our sins. Now and forever! So let us draw near to the throne of God and allow His glorious presence to change us.
Abba, Father please forgive me for being short-sided and thinking only of myself. LORD help me to desire You above all else.
In Jesus name,