Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 4

Outline and Background

The King's Praise - Daniel 4:1-3

The King's Perplexity and Positiveness - Daniel 4:4-9

The King's Problem - Daniel 4:10-18

The King's Punishment - Daniel 4:19-26

The King's Procrastination - Daniel 4:27-29

The King's Pride and Perversion - Daniel 4:30-33

The King's Preservation - Daniel 4:34-37

Application and Typical Prophecies

Outline and Background - Daniel 4

Outline of Chapter Four

The King’s Praise, 1-3
The King’s Perplexity, 4-7
The King’s Positiveness, 8-9
The King’s Problem, 10-18
The King’s Punishment, 19-26
The King’s Procrastination, 27-29
The King’s Pride, 30
The King’s Perversion, 31-33
The King’s Preservation, 34-37



Background of Chapter Four

There is a common thread running through the first four chapters of Daniel. Throughout the events of these chapters, God is revealing to King Nebuchadnezzar His existence and sovereignty.

In Chapter 1, the king learns of a God in heaven who makes four teenagers physically and mentally superior.

In Chapter 2, the king learns of a God in heaven who gives dreams and reveals their interpretation and overrules history.

In Chapter 3, the king learns of a God in heaven who works miracles on behalf of His people, who trust and obey Him rather than men.

In Chapter 4, the king learns of a God in heaven who humbles the proud and saves the humble person who calls on Him.

People have favorite Bible chapters and characters. For this writer, Nebuchadnezzar and his testimony ranks among the top. It is the climax of one of the greatest love stories ever penned—telling how God demonstrated His love toward a sinner until he became a saint.

One can write four little words over this chapter: “The Love of God.” For God saves the King! Nebuchadnezzar might have been on the mind of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-45:

You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in

Few Jews would have prayed “God Save the King!” or even said those words on behalf of King Nebuchadnezzar, especially, in light of the events of the summer of 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar’s army had destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, leaving the Holy City as burnt rubble.

Undoubtedly, the faithful remnant had had a bellyful of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon by now. Their noses had been rubbed in idolatry. Their hatred of the Gentiles grew so great; they would not even eat with them after the exile.

To the Jew, this king was a vile pagan—one’s worst nightmare! They would have liked to cast him into the fiery furnace. To God, this proud shepherd was a lost sheep that was perishing. Unquestionably, Daniel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah would have been praying for the king so things
would go well for their people (Jeremiah 29:7). God answered someone’s prayers!

Nebuchadnezzar’s last recorded words in Scripture summarize chapter four: “And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”

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