Daniel and the Insane King (Sunday’s Message notes, 7/12)

WHY

  • Review Daniel series / When life is out of control God is still in control / extreme
  • Extreme >> one shot at life / Brief like an ice cream cone on a hot day
    • Clues life is short: graduation / childhood / move out of the house / children / car / death
    • Truth >> incredible wisdom
      • Stuff for a little while / season of life for a little while / The time <> you have is a gift.
    • Truth >> Accountable <parents, teachers, coaches, parents , police>
    • Truth >> God holds you accountable <> ambassador
    • Daniel 4 is God going to the extremes to teach this lesson

WHAT

  • Nebby telling story / Near the end of his reign / Danil is close to 70 years old.
  • Daniel 4:1, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous.”
    • This could describe you! <>
  • Daniel 4:5- Nebby sees a dream and it terrifies him
    • Babylon’s beliefs about dreams being from the gods.
  • He calls in the magicians and enchanters- cannot interpret it.
  • They call in Daniel
  • The Dream: A big tree covering the ends of the earth, with life giving fruit, leaves, animals and birds.
  • Holy Messenger, “Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and the roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.”  Daniel 4:14
  • Then the dream’s focus on a man and the prophecy is about him: dew of heaven, mind of an animal, until 7 times pass (years).
  • Why? Nebuchadnezzar did not acknowledge God. He said, I did it!
  • Daniel 4:17 is a decree, ““The decision is announced by the messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the most high is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and givens them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.”
  • Nebby asks Daniel what it means
    • Daniel visibly upset by the dream
    • Nebby tries to comfort him
    • The Daniel reveals the dream
      • The tree is Babylon <>
      • The man in the story is Nebby!
      • The stump means Babylon will not be completely destroyed.
      • You will be restored when acknowledge “Heaven rules.”
    • Daniel says you can avoid this if you repent and do what is right.
    • A year passes by…
  • Nebby is walking on the roof of his palace admiring the city he built
    • 3 palaces, hanging gardens (7 wonders)
    • The walls were 15 miles long, 387 feet high, 87 feet thick (NASCAR)
    • 2,00,00 people lived there
  • Daniel 4:30, “Is this not the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
    • Voice from heaven, royal authority gone and started acting like a cow,
    • He leaves the palace, starts grazing, nails like a bird
    • Disease: Boanthropy / 7 years
  • “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven (A sign of acknowledging God), and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.” Daniel 4:34
    • Honor and dignity was restored to him and the throne.
    • So what does this story mean for you and me? 

HOW

  • Where in your life are you tempted to say, “I did it!”
    • What is your it? I can fix it, car, are you sitting next to “it,” home to it, you see success in it, I can handle it.
    • Where in your life are you saying I don’t need God?
    • We like achievement in our culture: certificates, trophies, bumper stickers, we put names on buildings, our biographies
    • Facebook postings – Humble brag- I can’t get my kid out of the house casue he wants to practice the piano all day!
    • Men like to say, “I can handle it” or “I did it.”
  • The life you have is a gift from God. <achievements, etc.>
    • You are responsible to acknowledge God
    • You have what you have, achieve what you achieve, because of a great God.
  • So what do you do? Raise your eyes towards heaven!
    • Daniel 4:27, “Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.”
    • You start by saying he did it and not I did it.
      • You know this because he died on the cross for you. He did the greatest work of all time and space.  He did it!
      • You can renounce your sins because Jesus died for your sins. He did it!
    • For God your heart sets you apart. <not> When you want to say “I did it” you need to say to your pride, “No He did it!”
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