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Daniel 4

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Amazingly, many Christians fall into mainly into two camps; some of them believe miracles are abounding and others that miracles do not occur at all. It is amazing because neither is willing to see what scripture actually says, preferring instead the theories of their peers.

Once again, we read of tremendous miracles. A king brought low by God until he acknowledged His supremacy. How we should pray for those who rule us – but not simply and gullibly for their safety and endurance. We should not pray for those who hate God, except that they be saved or removed. Daniel did not do this with Nebuchadnezzar because, though he had his ‘mad moments’, this pagan king left the Hebrews alone. For this reason Daniel was able to become his second-in-command, and his three friends could run Babylonia.

Another thing that rises out of these texts is joy. Perhaps this is not immediately obvious, but it is there. Daniel and the three friends knew God intimately, despite being in exile amongst a pagan nation. How many Christians can have joy even though they may have relative freedom to worship?

Joy is our given state by God. We are meant not to just have it but to show it. Daniel and friends did this in a spectacular way! The miserable Christian is an anomaly – he should not be miserable. If he is, it is not because of God, but because of his own sin! It is sin that makes Christians miserable, not circumstances. And the Christian who blames circumstances clearly has no idea what his Christian life is all about. Instead, he sins and prefers misery to joy.

How can we be miserable when our God is the Lord of miracles? When He promises to give us everything if we obey (Matthew)? The answer is painfully in front of us – our lack of joy is the result of our own sin. We do not obey. So, we see no godly action in our lives. The great miracles of God arise out of His own grace and mercy, but they usually come after we prove our faith, which includes repentance and utter trust in God. Today, we must have this utter faith, when all around us is evil. Look to the matter and put it right – or God may come as He did to Nebuchadnezzar. Or, worse, with death. This study is for someone in particular. To whom it applies – beware and take heed.

Verses 1-3

  1. Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

  2. I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.

  3. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

In this chapter we see the fickle nature of mankind, as he meets the power of God and yet, at the same time, ignores it, bringing perils to his own door. Many Christians do this all the time as they indulge in sin without much conscience. That is, if they really are Christians.

Nebuchadnezzar is interesting because he gives this account of his own life, though it shows him in a poor light. Yet, it also shows him as wiser after God dealt with him. He greets readers of his account, and wishes them peace in abundance. Then, unusually for a pagan king, he starts to commend the God of the Hebrews, without using flowery language to lend royal substance to himself.

Today, many popular leaders of ‘Christians’ are very happy to allow followers to praise them. They bask in the adulation! From experience I know that when people start to praise me, I must, at all costs, refute it. There is no reason to give me praise… if I do or say what is good, it comes from God. So, why praise the messenger?

Nebuchadnezzar was both mighty king and humble acknowledger of God. In his address he wanted not to bring attention to himself and his own glory, but to the God of the Hebrews, who did astonishing things. This God did ‘ath – miraculous signs, and tĕmahh – wonders, miracles, things that stunned with their enormity and divine power. As in other texts, the ‘signs’ were portents. This should remind Christians that miraculous signs are not the end of God’s power, but things that direct us towards something else, perhaps in the future, or perhaps in our present lives. Signs are marks or omens of something else, if only to reinforce the fact that God has all power and might. Wonders are the actual miracles.

This teaches us that we should not become fixated on signs and miracles, but should look beyond them to see what even greater thing is to follow, or that they represent. At the very least, they are not simply amazing things to astound us; they are given by God as a way of focusing our attention on His glory and power, just as the red glow in the sky at dawn is not the end, but the start of something greater – the increasing broad provision of light and heat.

Nebuchadnezzar says the signs and wonders were “wrought toward me”, or “with” me: They had another purpose. A great work of art shows the talent of the artist. But, more than that, it is proof that God gives wonderful things to mankind, and is the source of the talent and greatness. Never look at signs and wonders for their outward appearance or worth. Wonderful as they are, they are only marks or portents of something else – God and His greatness. They may even precede far more wonderful miracles or actions by God. Do not be dazzled, then, but look beyond what is obvious. The king knew this and said it was “good” to show the signs and wonders of God to the people.

Indeed, “How great (are) his signs!” And “how mighty (are) his wonders!” This mighty king was now overflowing with praise for God, saying that God’s kingdom was “everlasting”, as was His dominion. This is an incredible thing for anyone to say, let alone a mighty pontiff who was the ruler of the known world.

In the New Testament we are familiar with the term ‘kingdom’ applied to God, and we know it means the heavenly or spiritual kingdom. But, here, Nebuchadnezzar does not necessarily suggest this. Rather, by ‘kingdom’ he meant God’s reach or realm of power, probably over earthly kings. It was another way of saying that God’s kingdom was greater than his own and would last ‘forever’, meaning for time future. Did Nebuchadnezzar recognize what eternity was? Or, was he just saying it in ordinary terms? It does not matter, for he evidently had a notion of God’s might and power over what he thought of as ‘eternity’.

He was, in effect, putting himself down and God above all. Not many Christians do that in actuality, though they often say it in words! If every Christian believed this relationship to God, and knew truly of His power, we would see a very different atmosphere and life in our churches. If God is Almighty forever, why do we not trust more and be happy in adverse times? Our poor daily lives prove our lack of trust. Yet, a pagan king publicly spoke of this same God in terms of awe.

Verses 4-7

  1. I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:

  2. I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

  3. Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.

  4. Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

Nebuchadnezzar now tells us his account, and he wants everyone in his earthly kingdom to take note. He says he was “at rest”, shĕlah. The word does not itself indicate sleep, but the later use of the word “dream”, chelem, does. It does not really matter – the main point is that he had a dream when he was in his palace flourishing”; ra’anan: enjoying the fruits of his riches and status. “House” and “palace” are the same place in this text.

The dream he had made him afraid, as he thought about its content. He also refers to chezev; visions. These may simply be the things he saw in his dream, as chezev is rooted in chaza’, meaning to behold in a dream or vision. And what he saw troubled him – bĕhal – frightened or alarmed him.

The king then commanded all the wise men to attend to him, to give the interpretation. It would seem that Daniel was not immediately present, so the wise men included the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans and soothsayers. Soothsayers, gĕzar, were ‘the deciders’ or ‘determiners’. They were people who made decisions based on occult information; some of them were astrologers. But, none of them could give an answer. One would think Nebuchadnezzar would have learned by now, not to trust them. But, he was a fickle world ruler and easily forgot the one true God.

Though unsaved men can give answers that are reasonable, they are unable to answer from God. So they failed to interpret dreams given by Him. Why we place trust in unsaved men I do not know! We do it every day, especially in matters of false preachers and self-interested politicians. Christians are not careful enough in their dealings!

Verses 8-12

  1. But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,

  2. O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.

  3. Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.

  4. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

  5. The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

After everyone had failed, Daniel came along. Nebuchadnezzar gives us his Chaldean or Babylonian name, Belteshazzar. We now see that this was the name of one of the king’s gods. It was apparently a major god to whom all other gods were subservient. As I have said before, despite the intervention of Almighty God, the king still only saw Him as a major God Who held prominence at a particular time, not as the ONLY God.

This is why he said to Daniel that he had the “spirit of the holy gods” in him. That is, he had the spirit of Belteshazzar, the main god of the Babylonians. Of course, he was gravely mistaken, but that is how he saw Daniel. He also saw him as the one who, above all other wise men, could reveal knowledge hidden from others. Again, the king resorted to asking for both the dream and the interpretation.

In the dream the king saw a massive tree of indeterminate height; it was so tall it reached into the sky, to such an extent it could be seen from everywhere on earth. It had an abundance of well-formed leaves and fruit; birds came to rest on its boughs and animals took shelter underneath. There was so much food on the tree that everyone on earth was fed by it.

Verses 13-18

  1. I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;

  2. He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

  3. Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:

  4. Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

  5. This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

  6. This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.

That was the basic dream of the king. He now adds detail to it… a “watcher… holy one came down from heaven.” The two descriptions may be of the same person, though the later use of the word ‘they’ suggests two. By ‘watcher’ he meant an ‘iyr, or angel who guards the souls of men and observes what they do. By ‘holy one’ is meant a qaddiysh, or separate one… was this Christ? That is, an angel of holiness or sacredness (qadowsh), and an ‘holy one’ free of all sin and taint. That the ‘holy one’ may be Christ is not substantiated, though it may be the case.

It seems that the ‘holy one’ shouted out loud, to ‘cut the tree down’, after shaking the branches and making the leaves and fruit fall. In this violence the birds flew away and the animals taking shelter ran off. However, the stump of the tree was left where it was, kept together by an iron and brass collar. The grass around the stump was green and rich, and kept alive by morning dew.

The holy one proclaimed that “his portion” would be as that of the animals. Thus, the tree was actually a man, whose end would be to become like an animal. His very heart or desires would be animalistic. He would remain in that state for “seven times”. Seven means shib’ah, or seven, and is founded on sheba’, meaning seven as a number. Times is ‘iddan, meaning duration, or year. Thus, the man would stay as an animal for seven years. Just as modern wicked men remain unnatural and evil.

Nebuchadnezzar continued to describe his dream to Daniel; he said that the dream was determined by the angels from heaven and would come to pass because it was a decree. The king even knew that the dream was given to prove that only the “most High” ruled the world, even though there were many sub-kings. Only this High One gave out rule to men, as He saw fit, and the men He chose were the lowest of humans, with no real credit to their own selves. How many Christians have this understanding of humanity and how God sees us?

The king finished what he had to say, and demanded that Daniel gave him the interpretation. The other wise men could not give him the answer, he said (and should he have been surprised, given their track record?). “But thou (art) able” because “the spirit of the holy gods (is) in thee”, again expressing his belief that the God of Daniel was merely a major god, one of many. If he believed only Daniel could answer him, why bother with all the other useless ‘wise men’ in the first place? Christians do this all the time: they look at all their human options first and only turn to God as a last resort! What a waste of time! What a shocking lapse of faith.

Verses 19-23

  1. Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.

  2. The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

  3. Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:

  4. It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.

  5. And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;

Daniel listened to the king and was silent. He “was astonied for one hour”. In the previous chapter we read of Nebuchadnezzar being “astonied”, only in that verse ‘astonied’ is tĕvahh. In this verse ‘astonied’ is shĕmam, meaning appalled or stunned. Astonished may also be used, though stunned may be a closer rendition, given his response: he was “troubled” – alarmed or even frightened. Terrified is another possibility, maybe because of the potential reaction of the king to adverse news.

The king, seeing Daniel’s look, asked him not to be upset by the dream. Taking courage, Daniel spoke bluntly; he told the king that the dream and the interpretation would be welcomed by his enemies, those who hated him.

Having given a summation, Daniel then described the dream in detail. The tree, he said, so magnificent, was Nebuchadnezzar himself. “It (is) thou, O king”! Daniel confirmed the king’s greatness, which was a truth. He was not trying to soften the blow, nor was he attempting to get on Nebuchadnezzar’s good side. The king really was a most magnificent monarch, and he ruled the known world.

Christians should not think they must criticize unsaved men and women on the strength of their unbelief. They may well have many talents, and do exceptional things. They can do what humanity calls ‘good works’ and may even help Christians in their daily lives. Remember – all of us are as the unsaved, until Christ calls us to Himself.

Nevertheless, Christians are superior to unbelievers through Christ! We are better than unbelievers, because God has adopted us as His children in His Son. The trouble is, how many of us actually show it in our lives? Many Christians prove themselves to be worse than unbelievers in practice, though their lives have been saved and potentially transformed by God. We have the power of heaven, yet few display it in daily living.

Some do not just overtake unbelievers in how they live – they become abominable in what they say and do, wreaking havoc in the lives of all around them, both verbally and physically. This is unacceptable and will attract God’s wrath at some time if they do not repent. Am I really talking about Christians? Yes, I am. For any number of reasons (which they use as an excuse) they ruin their own lives and those of their closest friends and families, making their lives a misery. There is no excuse. Such behaviour is appalling. It MUST be stopped IMMEDIATELY.

There is also no excuse if the behaviour is repented of and yet arises again and again. It harms relationships, is bad witness to the Lord, and is godless. God does not allow these things to continue… a day of reckoning will come in that person’s life. There IS such a thing as a Christian personality (see separate article) and each of us MUST, as a necessity, work to attain to it. Do not dishonour the Lord by dishonouring His chosen ones! The ‘reasons’ one gives for failing in this way are irrelevant. What matters is that we respond to life in a godly way and show love and honour to all His children.

In his life, as a high official of the king, Daniel did not once harangue the king because he was a pagan. Nor did he try to bring him down. He obeyed the king, who evidently made big mistakes, as he did with the huge statue, because the king generally did him and the Jews no harm. Some today mutter that Daniel worked for the king at all, but they do so without proper recognition of life in that ancient time. Daniel showed respect for a great man, even though the king was an unbeliever. This respect must be shown by Christians, especially to all who God demands us to respect: firstly parents, secondly family, thirdly others, fourthly authorities. But above them all we are to respect God – and that includes obeying all the other demands.

Verses 24-28

  1. This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:

  2. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

  3. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

  4. Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

  5. All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel now gives the interpretation, maybe fearing the king’s reaction. ‘You saw an angel and holy one coming down from heaven’… and then gave a detailed description of what the holy one had said. This, said Daniel, is a law passed down by Almighty God to my lord the king… it cannot be revoked.

“they shall drive thee from men…” Who are ‘they’? It can only refer to the angel and the holy one. They both would force the king into the wilderness, to live as an animal amongst other animals. He would eat grass and be subject to the elements. Though he would act like an animal, he would know that Almighty God was punishing him. Nebuchadnezzar would remain that way for seven years, and would only be returned to his position and humanity when he acknowledged that God, and not he, ruled on earth; it was God Who appointed kings.

This tells us something we see in the case of Pharaoh: that God will cause some men to be born so that they prove God to be true and great. Pharaoh was predestinated to die an unbeliever, to go to hell. Nebuchadnezzar was following a very similar path, though he was not vile like Pharaoh. But, sin is sin, and lack of salvation is the worst possible judgment.

Nebuchadnezzar had seen the greatness of God, yet, like Pharaoh, he did not come to his senses and obey. This proves beyond doubt that God saves – we cannot be saved by intellectual or emotional acceptance alone. Even the famed preacher, Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes that error, by implying that men can come to God ‘sooner’ if only they accepted Christ. Men cannot accept Christ until they are regenerated, and only those who are predestinated can be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. No man can come to Christ ‘sooner’ – only when he is elected to do so.

Daniel delivered the king’s judgment to him but then gave hope. He said that ‘they’ made sure the tree stump remained. This meant that once Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged God to be supreme and above his own human kingship and glory, the king would be returned to his royal status.

How many Christians never do this? They live in a twilight world of fear, anxiety and shame, saying and doing things that are wrong and sinful in God’s eyes. They have never fully acknowledged the supremacy of the Lord in their lives. Yet, if they repented and changed their lives, they would experience all the power and authority given to them by Christ. What fools we all are!

Daniel then confronted Nebuchadnezzar: ‘accept what I say to you, O king; stop your sinning and become righteous; stop your sins and show mercy to the poor, that your life will be peaceful and good’. Was this a call for the king to become a believer in the Hebrew God, and to follow the Hebrew religion? I believe it was, for no man can be righteous without being a true believer. The king was told what he needed to know. But, would he at last submit to Almighty God?

Many Christians continue to sin, without a second thought about God and His demands. When they fall into hard or problem times, they cannot understand why God has left them alone!! God will do that, sometimes for the duration of life on earth, unless a person repents truly and obeys God. Beware. If you are not what you should be – repent NOW and turn your life around, not looking back or repeating the same old sins. Or, God will suddenly crush you where you stand. Nebuchadnezzar had his sanity and human dignity removed by God in an instant. Many Christians today suffer so-called ‘mental’ afflictions today, because of their refusal to obey God. Do not mock Him!

Verses 29-33

  1. At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

  2. The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

  3. While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

  4. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

  5. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

Remember that the king is giving this narrative… at least he is being honest about his own errors. Do you admit to yours? Obviously, he did not take Daniel’s words to heart, for, a year later, he was walking in his palace, and basking in the glory he had made for himself. ‘Isn’t Babylon great? See how I built it with my power and might, proving my majesty?’

As Nebuchadnezzar spoke the last word, God responded swiftly. He spoke from heaven in judgment, saying ‘king Nebuchadnezzar – I am speaking to you! I have taken your kingdom off you!’

The stunned king must have remembered what Daniel said to him twelve months previously, as God continued: ‘my messengers will drive you away from your palace, to become as an animal for seven years. You will stay that way until you acknowledge that I rule the world and not men.’

Again, I say, Beware! This message is for someone reading this study. Repent and obey God immediately. Do not delay. Nebuchadnezzar was given a year to think, but failed. You may have been sinning for longer than that. Do not assume God will forget, or somehow allow you to carry on. He will come swiftly and decisively and never pulls back from a judgment He pronounces on a man. Once He pronounces it, He will act, no matter what the period of time is between judgment and enactment. It might be years, or months, or weeks, or days, or hours… or immediate. But, He WILL punish, sometimes for the period of your whole life, sometimes temporarily. Being a Christian will not help you if you have already been warned. Listen and repent, NOW. Pray to God He will not punish you for the whole of your life but, preferably, do not let it go that far – act now. I know from the Lord that someone who receives this message is the subject of the content today: repent and obey NOW. Or punishment WILL follow.

Within the hour the king was driven from his palace and became as an animal, eating grass and crawling on the ground, open to the wind, rain and sun. His hair grew long and unkempt, flowing around his body like birds’ feathers, and his nails grew long like claws. This is not a fable or a myth. It actually happened. And if you have ever seen an insane man locked away in an institution you would believe it the more readily.

Many Christians today suffer problems and awful times because of their sins. God warns us through His word, so we have no excuse. Turn to the Lord fully and recognise His supremacy and might; recognize you are nothing. Then, He will return you to any wonderful times you once had, or wish to have. Ignore the warning and you will be judged on this earth, possibly today, maybe in “the same hour” as you read this warning, which comes from God to all who reject repentance and obedience.

Verses 34-37

  1. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

  2. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

  3. At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

  4. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

When the seven years were finished (“the end of the days”) Nebuchadnezzar was freed by God to resume sanity, and the king praised God, Who is eternal, Whose rule is eternal, and Whose kingdom is eternal. The king continued: mere humans are as nothing by comparison; God does as He wishes “in the army of heaven”, or in the strength of heavenly power. His will surpasses all human might and power. No man can stop God doing whatever He wishes, or may dare ask God what He is doing… God acts because He wishes to, and that is the end of the matter! No man has the right to question God.

At the moment he acknowledged his puny nature, Nebuchadnezzar was returned to his old self, along with all his earthly kingly glory. God gives and He can take away. Do you really and truly understand your position in life, and the position of God? Do you really acknowledge His power over all men and their lives? Then why do you struggle to fulfill your human desires above those of God? When the king acknowledged God’s sovereign power and authority, God gave him everything. Do you not think God will do the same for His children? Do you want to be cast adrift in this life, without God or even the possibility of God returning… or do you want true life, filled with glory from Him?

Not only was Nebuchadnezzar returned to his former status, but “excellent majesty was added” to his life. He was returned to a life greater than the one he had known before. For that reason the king praised, extolled and honoured the “King of heaven”; he adulated, lifted up and glorified the King of kings, Whose abode is heaven. He praised Him because everything He does is truth, His determinations are always perfect and just, and all who think they are something will be broken.

Christians who are smug, or who sin and refuse to listen, will be brought down low. To be arrogant in the face of Almighty God is not just foolish, it is wicked. If you are not living as you should, turn back now. Do not wait until God warns you, because once He does that He must act, even if you then panic and return to Him. This is because once God judges He will never cause it to be revoked. In this text Nebuchadnezzar knew in advance that God’s punishment would be for a season. God does not always give such mercy – He will just punish a man to the end of his days, whether Christian or not.

Right now, world leaders and other wicked men ignore God and lift their fists to Him. They will meet their Maker and, at that time, they will be brought low as God delivers them to the everlasting punishment of hell. God will also punish His chosen children if they reject His command to be holy. Let us all live true Christian lives and avert the evils we ourselves can bring about by our sins.


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