Daniel – Chapter 4

Verse 1 – Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all peoples, nations and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

Verse 2 – I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

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

Just as Nebuchadnezzar, many people will use the right spiritual language, but their obedience to God’s principles and standards don’t match their behavior.

Verse 4 – I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace.

Verse 5 – I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

Verse 6 – Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.

Verse 7 – Then the magicians, the astrologers, and the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation.

I guess, he forgot that his wise men couldn’t interpret anything. The king was all secure in his palace, that false security in wealth and power, but this dream he had, scared him. Have you ever had a foreboding in your spirit? I have, and they are very uncomfortable. You know that something is about to happen, but don’t know what.

Verse 8 – But at last Daniel came before me, his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God, and I told the dream before him, saying:

Verse 9 – “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.

Verse 10 – “These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking, and behold a tree in the mist of the earth, and its height was great.

Verse 11 – The tree grew and became strong; its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.

Verse 12 – Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

Verse 13 – “I saw in the vision of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.

Verse 14 – He cried aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches.

Verse 15 – Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze. In the tender grass of the field let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts on the grass of the earth.

Verse 16 – Let his heart be changed from that of a man, let him be given the heart of an animal, and let seven times pass over him.

Verse 17 – ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’

This may be hard to understand, especially those in leadership and authority, but God is sovereign over all, everything. He limits the power and authority of all governments, businesses, and religious leaders of the world. We may live in freedom to choose, but He controls it all.

Verse 18 – “This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”

Verse 19 – Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. So the king spoke, and said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream concern those who hate you, and its interpretation concern your enemies!

Daniel couldn’t respond immediately, because this dream was not good news for the king. He had no idea how the king would react after hearing what the dream meant. However, the king reassured him  to not be afraid of his reaction, just tell him the meaning of the dream.

Verse 20 – The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth,

Verse 21 – whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and on whose branches the birds of the heaven had their habitation –

Verse 22 – it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.

Verse 23 – And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field till seven times pass over him;

Verse 24 – this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:

Verse 25 – They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.

Daniel told the king that he would go insane and become like an animal in the field eating grass for seven years. God was about to show the king that a prideful self-centered life was going to bring punishment from an all-powerful God. Pride may be one of the most dangerous temptations you will ever face. Don’t let your accomplishments cause you to forget God!

Verse 26 – And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules.

Verse 27 – Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

In God’s great mercy, He had placed Daniel in the king’s life to show him who Daniel’s God is. The king was being warned to repent and he could avoid the insanity that was about to come . At one time or another, we’ve all been warned to change our ways, or disaster was in our near future. That’s what usually brings us to the Savior.

Verse 28 – All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.

Verse 29 – At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon.

Did you notice that there was no response from Nebuchadnezzar when Daniel was finished? None! Our loving God will place people in each of our lives to draw us to Him and its up to us to ignore or receive that drawing.

Verse 30 – The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

Nebuchadnezzar emphasized himself as the source of majesty. This is a spirit of pride to the max. “Look what all I have accomplished!” We don’t get one thing in this life unless our heavenly Father chooses to give it or make it happen. But always remember, it is His good pleasure to give His children gifts! All good things come from Him and He deserves the honor and glory!

Verse 31 – While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven. “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!

Verse 32 – And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and give it to whomever He chooses.”

Verse 33 – That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

When I read this, I always wondered what he was thinking that entire seven years, if anything other than what an animal thinks. The Bible says it happened while his words were still in his mouth so I don’t think he had time to blink.

Verse 34 – And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.

Verse 35 – All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You don?”

Do we question God? Sure, we all have at one time or another. Did you get an answer? Did God All Mighty ever explain Himself to you?

Verse 36 – At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me, my counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.

Verse 37 – Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to abase.

A lot of people know that God is able to work miracles, but nothing will ever change in us until we acknowledge Him as Lord. Most believe, as I, that Nebuchadnezzar died as a converted man.

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