The Humbling of a Proud King

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Daniel 4
Although Nebuchadnezzar had made statements of respect about the Lord, he had never really “recognized” the Lord as the sovereign King of kings. A powerful monarch in his own right, Nebuchadnezzar believed his supremacy was special and reflected the power of his own glory. In the very moment Nebuchadnezzar was admiring his own handiwork in Babylon, the Lord took away his sovereignty and drove him out to the field to act like a beast until he had been humbled enough to acknowledge the total sovereignty of the Most High God. Coming to know the Lord’s sovereignty in such a humbling way led this once proud king to sing anthems of praise to the King of kings. The enduring message of this text is that the knowledge of divine sovereignty leads the penitent to humbly adore the Most High God of Heaven.

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The Most High God

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Daniel 3
Nebuchadnezzar received the answer to the question he sarcastically posed to Daniel’s friends (v15) and then he soberly stated it in verse 29 saying, “there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.” The key words to focus on here are the words “no other god” and “in this way.” What Nebuchadnezzar learned from this miracle was that the VERY WAY in which the Lord delivered his servants Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, showed that the He alone was the MOST HIGH GOD.

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The Supremacy of Divine Revelation

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Daniel 2
At the heart of this great prophecy about the future is the substantial point that divine revelation is supreme. After Daniel received the substance and interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he paused to thank the Lord saying, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him” (v21). The supremacy of this divine revelation points beyond itself to the Lord Himself who is supreme, the One who reveals profound and hidden things and the things that are in the darkness (v22).

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The preparation of the prophet

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Daniel 1:3-21
Two time references and three focal points tell the story of Daniel’s preparation for service. Time indicators in the text (v3 and v21) place Daniel’s term of service in Babylon between 605 BC and 539 BC. For about 70 years, the whole time Judah was in exile, the Lord had His prophet standing at the king’s right hand. The three focal points which emerge strategically in the text (v8,12,17) tell the story of Daniel’s testing and preparation. The main point of the text is that the Lord prepared Daniel for service in Babylon through trial and testing. For his faithfulness and obedience, tested and confirmed through trial, the Lord gave Daniel intellectual abilities, vocational aptitudes, and the unique spiritual gift of interpreting dreams and visions.

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Introduction to Daniel

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Daniel 1:1-2
The clash between the two kingdoms, the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of Christ, runs through history like a red line. Turning to Daniel 1, another chapter in this conflict is encountered as we see the Davidic king dethroned, Jerusalem conquered, and the temple looted. Daniel’s telling of the story of Judah’s conquest at the hands of the Babylonians indicates that this chapter in Judah’s history is a manifestation of the clash between the seed of the woman the seed of the serpent. The consolation for God’s people’s is found in the fact that Daniel explains that the Lord was sovereign over Babylon’s conquest of Judah, giving Jehoiakim into Babylon’s hand. For the people of God, hope is found on the prophetic horizon as the purpose of the Lord in removing the throne and temple from Jerusalem in order to prepare for the coming priesthood and kingship of Christ is unveiled in Daniel’s prophecies.

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