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

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

Chapter four is very unique for it was written by Nebuchadnezzar himself—a Gentile! It is the king’s own testimony of how God saved him. No doubt, Daniel had copied it from the state papers of Babylon and preserved it in the original language. The king began where every testimony should—by giving God the glory. These are the words of a saved man.

King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.

The introduction of his testimony is actually a conclusion! These words grow out of the king’s personal experience. He acknowledged that the Most High God had performed miraculous signs and wonders for him, such as the dream of dreams; the amazing deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace accompanied by the appearance of the preincarnate Christ; and the events described in this chapter. They surpass all human power.

We are not surprised by the apostle Paul’s greeting of peace, but Nebuchadnezzar’s? “May you prosper greatly!” literally reads in the Aramaic “Peace multiplied to you.” These are strange words from the mouth of this mighty king, who had spent his life in warfare, suppression, and enslavement of people in order to build his world empire to satisfy his ego and pride. This greeting of peace comes from a man with a changed heart.

The Aramaic (shelam, “peace”) is equivalent to the Hebrew word for peace (shalom). The OT and NT writers view peace as a gift from God and the meaning of salvation is closely related to it in passages like Psalm 85:9-11 and Romans 5:1. Nebuchadnezzar wanted his subjects to experience the peace of the Most High God.

He acknowledged that God is the eternal King, His dominion is everlasting, and every generation is a proof of His all-governing influence. How did the king arrive at such knowledge? Proverbs 9:10!

Nebuchadnezzar could never be accused of being private with his faith. He broadcasted it to everyone.

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