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The God Who Rules Over All

October 24, 2021

Teacher: John McLeod
Scripture: Daniel 4:1-18

Outline

  1. Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride
  2. Belshazzar’s Idolatry
  3. The Threat of Judgment and the Thread of Mercy

Reading — Daniel 4:1-18

Daniel 4:1–18 (ESV)

  • (1) King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you!
  • (2) It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
  • (3) How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.
  • (4) I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.
  • (5) I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me.
  • (6) So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
  • (7) Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation.
  • (8) At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods—and I told him the dream, saying,
  • (9) “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation.
  • (10) The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.
  • (11) The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
  • (12) Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
  • (13) “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven.
  • (14) He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
  • (15) But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth.
  • (16) Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.
  • (17) The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’
  • (18) This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because 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 gods is in you.”

Introduction

I have a sneaking suspicion that Instagram and TikTok would have been very tempting and dangerous for King Nebuchadnezzar.

Can you imagine Nebuchadnezzar on Social Media?

I (Nebuchadnezzar) laid the foundation of the gates down to the ground water level and had them built out of pure blue stone. Upon the walls in the inner room of the gate are bulls and dragons and thus I magnificently adorned them with luxurious splendour for all mankind to behold in awe.

Here are some of his actual accomplishments:

  • Check out the latest on our citadel palace on the North side of the city with its large courts, receptions rooms, throne room, and residences.
  • Just gaze our our amazing new world-renowned, famous terraced, hanging gardens. They have their own elaborate water supply, which I built for the queen. (This would later be counted as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.)
  • Take a look at our new 27km wall. It’s a beautiful wall, bigger than any wall that came before it. Not just a single, thin wall like the other kings use—this beautiful, huge wall is so amazing that a chariot with 4 horses can turn around on the top of it.
  • And that doesn’t even count our inner wall which has eight gates and has the Euphrates river running right through it.
  • Have you seen our processional avenue paved with limestone and decorated with lion figures, which comes through the Ishtar Gate, decorated with dragons and bulls.

These were actual things he did build, according to Goldingjay in the Word Biblical Commentary. One scholar has compiled 126 pages of text and translation of his building inscriptions.

Based on what we read in our text, I think Nebuchadnezzar might have been tempted to take his social media boasting a little further:

  • Here’s a shout out from the most awesome leader of the most most powerful empire on earth.
  • Hey, did you see the latest updates to the ziggurat tower? That was all me.

Eventually, he’s going to say something like this:

Daniel 4:30 (ESV) — …“Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?”

Things are going to change for Nebuchadnezzar at this point. This will be the beginning of his 7 year break from social media for his own good, and for the good of the nations.

This morning we are continuing in our series in the book of Daniel which we are calling “Faithful: God’s Character, Our Calling.” We will be in Chapters 4 and 5 today, which cover two separate scenes in the history of Babylon and those taken captive from Judah in the 6th century B.C. In both chapters we will see egregious sins against God, revelation from God to the two Kings, prophetic warnings and interpretations from Daniel, and then two very divergent conclusions. Just as a heads-up, we will be spending more time reading the text than normal today. There is a lot of it, so you’ll want to make sure you have your bible out and opened to Daniel 4-5.

Though there are several key lessons that each of us should heed today, let’s not forget the broader context of what Daniel is doing in this book. It is not merely moral lessons that we should heed as individuals, but rather an encouragement for God’s people in exile. Daniel is reminding God’s people that the LORD, the one true God, is sovereign over all things and able to tear down and to raise up, to bind and to loose, to judge and to show mercy. He is over all earthly kingdoms. His Kingdom is what matters, and His Kingdom is unshakeable.

As we work through the sermon today we will see:

  1. Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride
  2. Belshazzar’s Idolatry
  3. The Threat of Judgment
  4. The Thread of Mercy

Pastoral Prayer

  • We are all in danger of hearing warnings but not heeding.
  • We are all in danger of hearing of God’s work in others, but missing out on what God is doing in our lives.
  • We need help to see the hand of God working in the midst of our own trials.
  • We need faith to see that God is doing more in any particular circumstance than we realize.
  • Help us each to grasp that you are at work in our midst…
    • in our personal lives
    • in our families
    • in our communities
    • in our nation
    • all over the world

I. Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride

We have already read the opening setting for Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride. It is interesting how Daniel sets up Chapter 4, though. The opening three verses almost seem like a conclusion to the events of Chapter 3. But, it is correct to see them as the opening to Chapter 4. In fact, they are actually the conclusion to the events of Chapter 4. He is telling the end at the beginning.

One of the clues that this is not the ending of the events of Chapter 3 is the last two words in vs. 2. “For me.”

Daniel 4:2 (ESV)

  • (2) It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.

In Chapter 3, the King witnessed what God did to deliver Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But now, he is telling what God has done for him.

We should also note that this is more than a mere personal reflection, which would still be encouraging. It is actually a royal decree from a pagan, Gentile King to the whole world about the worship of the one, true God. Clearly, the events we are about to read about had a significant impact on this man. It is quite astounding how positively Daniel is portraying this Gentile King who carried him and many of God’s people away captive.

There are certainly some similarities between Chapter 4 and Chapter 2. Both involve a dream, the failure of the king’s magicians to interpret the dream, and Daniel’s accurate interpretation.

The first 18 verses of Chapter 4 are told in the 1st Person by Nebuchadnezzar himself. Then, the narrator takes over through verse 33, and then the King speaks in first person again through the end of the Chapter.

The context for the dream

Daniel 4:4 (ESV)

  • (4) I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.

We will see again later that this prosperity and ease was not particularly helpful to Nebuchadnezzar. We don’t know when during the King’s reign this dream took place. He reigned in Babylon from 605-562 B.C.

What we do know is that things seemed to be going well and his empire was prospering.

There is a spiritual danger for us when things are going well and we are at ease.

Proverbs 30:8–9 (ESV) — … give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

There is a real sense in which, “Give us this day our daily bread” keeps us grounded and dependent upon the Lord.

However, even in the midst of his prosperity God wanted to get a message through to Nebuchadnezzar in the form of a dream.

The content of the dream

The central image in his dream was a tree that was so strong that its top reached heaven and was visible to the whole earth.

This image of a tree goes beyond merely being “alive” to being “life-giving.” It is presented as the center of reality itself and somehow a connection between earth and heaven. We can’t help hearing echos of Eden and the Tower of Babel in these references.

The dream included some kind of angelic figure, a “watcher” coming down from heaven and cutting down the tree. He didn’t simply cut it down, but lopped off the branches, stripped the leaves, and scattered the fruit. It will no longer provide shelter or food.

In an unexpected twist, the this angelic arborist leaves the stump and puts an iron band around the stump.

The interpretation of the dream

As Nebuchadnezzar reveals the dream, Daniel is a bit fearful to reveal its meaning.

Daniel 4:19–22 (ESV)

  • (19) Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies!
  • (20) The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth,
  • (21) whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived—
  • (22) it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth.

The text continues to put Nebuchadnezzar in a fairly good light. We are not exactly sure why Daniel is concerned to share the interpretation, though it’s not difficult to imagine. It’s difficult to advise perhaps the most powerful person on the face of the earth at the time. We may think of the President of the United States as the most powerful person, but consider all of the legal restrictions and accountability that the President has today. Nebuchadnezzar had none of that. He could do whatever he wished.

Daniel continues his interpretation in vs. 24.

Daniel 4:24–27 (ESV)

  • (24) this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king,
  • (25) that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.
  • (26) And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules.
  • (27) Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: 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.”

This is indeed a strange warning—that he will be driven into the wilderness to eat grass like an ox. Some have tried to associate this behavior with particular mental illnesses. Though an interesting thought, we must remember that this is not the point.

Daniel has some hope that this could be avoided, and encourages the King to amend his ways and break off his sins. He doesn’t point out specific sins that must be repented of, but gives general exhortations to do what good rulers should do—practice righteousness and show mercy to the oppressed.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Fall

We aren’t sure if the King heeded Daniel’s warning or not.

Daniel 4:28–31 (ESV)

  • (28) All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • (29) At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
  • (30) and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?
  • (31) While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,

It took 12 months for God to bring the judgment on Nebuchadnezzar. I’m not sure if that was twelve months of the King being on his best behavior according to Daniel’s warning, or if God was patiently giving him more time to repent.

It appears that the King was again at his leisure, and that things were overall going splendidly.

The specific sin requiring discipline is the sin of Pride.

What exactly is Nebuchadnezzar’s sin here? It is not merely delighting in the beauty and wonder of his accomplishments in the city, which were in fact impressive by all accounts.

C.S. Lewis can help us with some insight from his chapter titled, “The Great Sin” in Mere Christianity.

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.

  • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 122.

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others? Beware of pride. Nebuchadnezzar was not only comparing himself to others but using language that compared him to deities. Dangerous stuff! This temptation goes all the way back to Eden, “You’ll be like God…”

One of the great challenges with the sin of Pride is that we so easily recognize it in others, and so rarely see it in ourselves.

Daniel 4:33 (ESV)

  • (33) Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

Instead of Nebuchadnezzar humbling himself, God humbles him to the point of humiliation. He is not merely lowered beyond other kings or great ones; he is lowered below humanity itself.

But, this is not the end of the matter for this Gentile King.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Restoration

Daniel 4:34–37 (ESV)

  • (34) At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason 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 endures from generation to generation;
  • (35) all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
  • (36) At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me.
  • (37) Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

A proud man never looks up. He sees himself as above other and is regularly looking down at them. But after some extended period of time, we think 7 years perhaps, Nebuchadnezzar lifts his eyes to heaven. He looks up. He acknowledges God as being above him in glory and majesty and greatness. God, in his mercy, returned the King’s reason to him.

II. Belshazzar’s Idolatry

Daniel 5:1–4 (ESV)

  • (1) King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.
  • (2) Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
  • (3) Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
  • (4) They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

There is quite a change in context when we get to Chapter 5. It is unexplained by the writer, but suddenly Nebuchadnezzar is out of the picture and we have a new ruler, Belshazzar.

The history is interesting and complicated, but briefly I’ll just point out that at least 23 years has passed since the end of Chapter 4. After ruling for 43 years Nebuchadnezzar died in 562 B.C. and there were several rulers between Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, and it is likely that Belshazzar was merely a co-regent with Nabonidus.

We should remember that Daniel is not attempting to give a history of the Babylonian captivity. He is bolstering God’s people in the midst of captivity with the truth that God is in control and able to deliver them.

Whereas Nebuchadnezzar’s sin was pride, Belshazzar’s was idolatry. He is throwing a pretty large party—1,000 people. This, by itself is not a problem, but he calls for the golden vessels plundered from the temple in Jerusalem. This is blasphemy to take the vessels intended for worship of Yahweh and use them in such a manner. It seems that Nebuchadnezzar didn’t even dare to use them in this fashion.

Then, Belshazzar takes it even further. Not only is he profaning the golden vessels with such a use, as they drink wine in them, they praise their own false gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

As Phil mentioned last week in his sermon on Chapter 3, sometimes it is difficult for us to relate to the sin of idolatry in the Bible since we do not typically bow down to physical idols.

But, in this context, the idolatry of the Babylonians was celebrating and attributing their success to gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. This is not so far out of reach for us to imagine.

What would be the created things which we might praise and celebrate today? How about liberty, autonomy, economy, political power, technological innovation?

Do we celebrate with the vessels of God’s gifts (all things are for him, there is no sacred/secular divide anymore) for the glory of God or to the glory of our idols?

The Writing on the Wall

God doesn’t speak to Belshazzar in a dream to confront him. It is much more sinister.

Daniel 5:5–6 (ESV)

  • (5) Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.
  • (6) Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.

Awkward moment! The King is terrified. Consider how you’d respond in such a moment. Goose Bumps! Fear!

The Aramaic is a bit interesting in vs. 6 for “his limbs gave way.” It literally says, “The knots of his loins were loosed.” It is quite possible this means he messed his pants in fright.

It is strange enough to have a bodiless hand writing on the wall, but his fear continues since he doesn’t know what it means.

Like Nebuchadnezzar before him, Belshazzar calls for all the wisemen and magicians in the kingdom to interpret the message from God…and they can’t. He’s getting desperate now.

Daniel 5:9–12 (ESV)

  • (9) Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.
  • (10) The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change.
  • (11) There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers,
  • (12) because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

We’re not sure why Daniel wasn’t included with the earlier group of wise men brought before the King. Perhaps, Belshazzar has disassociated with the leaders from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. You know, the whole live like an ox stuff was pretty weird.

Daniel 5:13–14 (ESV)

  • (13) Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah.
  • (14) I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

Daniel would be between 80-85 years old at this point. But, he is brought before the king and offered gifts and power (which are unwanted by Daniel at this point—he doesn’t need them).

And he will interpret the writing for Belshazzar, but not before he gives him a history lesson—just like an older man might do!

Daniel’s Recounting of History and a Warning

Daniel 5:17–23 (ESV)

  • (17) Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation.
  • (18) O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty.
  • (19) And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled.
  • (20) But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.
  • (22) And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,
  • (23) but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

This is a stinging rebuke to Belshazzar. It doesn’t have the flavor of patience and deference which Daniel gave to Nebuchadnezzar at all. I wonder if Daniel didn’t have near the respect for Belshazzar that he might have had for the former King. It’s obvious Nebuchadnezzar actually was an accomplished ruler. We just see Belshazzar partying.

The KEY for us to notice is in verse 22. It is a warning to us:

  • (22) And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,

“You should have known better.” Or, put more accurately, “You knew better, but you didn’t change.”

This is a danger to us, who have a rich heritage of knowing God’s word and his work, both in the scripture, and through the testimonies of those around us. Do not deceive yourself into thinking that God will not hold us to account for what we have heard and seen and known.

Daniel’s Interpretation

Daniel then does interpret the message for Belshazzar.

Daniel 5:24–28 (ESV)

  • (24) “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.
  • (25) And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.
  • (26) This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;
  • (27) TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;
  • (28) PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

We’re not entirely sure why the Chaldeans couldn’t read the message or interpret it. It seems that each of the three words with three consonants each could be understood as nouns as units of money (the mina, shekel and half-mina). Daniel seems to apply different vowels to make the words verbs and comes up with a different meaning via wordplay.

In the end, the message is one of judgment on Belshazzar. In the words of one commentator,

God has got Belshazzar’s number (26), that he is a light-weight (27), and his kingdom will split (28). In short, ‘You are finished, flimsy and fractured.’

  • Dale Ralph Davis, The Message of Daniel, The Bible Speaks Today, 77.

What happened next?

Daniel 5:29–31 (ESV)

  • (29) Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
  • (30) That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.
  • (31) And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

What a sobering end to Belshazzar! We have been accustomed to God showing mercy to Nebuchadnezzar, but he takes swift judgment this idolatrous king.

One of the ironies is that Belshazzar was holding a huge feast while his enemies were knocking on the door. The Medes conquered the city that very night, and the Babylonian Empire was finished.

III. The Threat of Judgment and the Thread of Mercy

Mercy through Providence

Mercy through Revelation

Mercy through prophetic warnings

Mercy through discipline and difficulties

Mercy through the example of others

Mercy through a different tree stretched from earth to Heaven

Mercy through another King

Conclusion / Application

Fight Against Pride

  • humble yourself before the Lord
  • humble yourself before others
  • Ask God to show you areas in your heart that are not submitted to God’s will.
  • Where are you comparing yourself to others?
  • Where are you seeking the praise of others?
  • Meditate on passages that encourage the development of humility. (James 4:10; 1 Pet 5:5-7)

Beware of Idolatry

Don’t hide idolatry. Confess and forsake it.

We know better than to practice theological idolatry. We don’t physically bow down to or praise gods of gold or silver or stone.

But, what are our functional idols? What do we look to to get happiness or purpose or fulfillment? What areas of our lives, if threatened, cause us the most consternation?

  • a friendship
  • a position
  • financial stability
  • social acceptance
  • political power or standing
  • a good marriage
  • having good kids
  • respect from coworkers

Lift your eyes to heaven

The answer for Nebuchadnezzar was to take his eyes off his accomplishments, and off his circumstances, and off the opinion of others—off himself completely. He lifted his eyes to heaven, and “his reason returned to him.”

At the end of God’s loving discipline, Nebuchadnezzar’s social media feed was very different.

Daniel 4:37 (ESV)

  • (37) Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Daniel 4:34–35 (ESV)

  • (34) At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason 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 endures from generation to generation;
  • (35) all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

God is offering his mercy to you this morning.

John 3:14–18 (ESV) — And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

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