Please read your Daniel 4 before. If you don’t have a Bible handy, read it or listen it here – https://www.esv.org/Daniel+4/
„One passage studied until its significance is clear to the mind and its relation to the plan of salvation is evident, is of more value than the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction gained.” (Steps to Christ, chapter 10 – A Knowledge of God).
1. Who is the author of this chapter? (v. 1) Unbelievably, we are reading in our Bibles, along with the famous words of Jesus, Paul, Moses, John, David… the exceptional testimony of a former pagan king, now converted to the faith in the God of heavens. (Daniel inserted in his book this testimony.)
2. System failure (v. 7). Again, the magicians of the empire can not help their king. This time they are even told the dream and still they are helpless. They must have been fired!
3. Ombelico del mondo (vs. 10-12). When one reads these verses sees the importance of Nebuchadnezzar – he was really somebody (aka the head of gold head, see also v. 22). He is in the middle of the earth, he is seen up to the edges/margins of the earth, he is high up to heaven, all and everybody takes shelter in him, who provides for all. He is like a god… Well, he is the right kind of the guy to be used by God for a change!
4. Beast vs Human (v. 16). Nebuchadnezzar is to become like an animal in the Zoo. For a while. And then become human again. A different kind of human being, one in the image of God. It is interesting then to see that change also in the prophecy of the Lion (Daniel 7:4), where the beast becomes indeed a human being.
5. Happiness. While in verse 4 we have a king who lives „at ease in my house and prospering in my palace”, the reality is different. Daniel asks the king to repent (verse 27) so that hapiness might be prolonged: „break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity”. In the end Nebuchadnezzar finds it, the hard way, but forever. We will see him in heaven!
6. Rebuking the king (v. 27). Daniel has the courage to ask the king to repent. Who could have had the power to say anything like that to Nebuchadnezzar? God! And His servant, Daniel, just follows the Word of God. (For sure it was not an easy task – see v. 19).
7. A year of grace (v. 29). The judgments of God never come out of the blue. The king knew, he was warned, everybody in the court knew about it. And yet… for a full year nothing changed. Then God stepped in.
8. Me, myself and I (v. 30). Read verse 30 and be amazed by the ego-centrism of Nebuchadnezzar: „“Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” When there is no place for God in the poster with you, something is going to happen…
9. Reason coming back (v. 34). After seven years he lifted up his eyes to heaven. That is when „reason returned”. So many people think that coming to church, being a religious person, believing in God is like being stupid… The king of Babylon testifies differently – his reason returned. Even more, after his return, more greatness followed (v. 36) as now, a converted man, he could manage it wisely, to the glory of God.
10. Now (v. 37). There is always a reset button somewhere. For Nebuchadnezzar it came when he was on the higheat peak of his pride. That is why he knows to say it loudly that „those who walk in pride he [God] is able to humble.” (see also v. 17). Where is your reset button? When should you press it? Now!
God wins. Daniel wins. Nebuchadnezzar is won.
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