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 Preservation - Daniel 4:34-37

Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God does as He wills. The Most High rules as He pleases and no one can stop Him or question His right to do what He does.

"At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"

Here Nebuchadnezzar admitted that God’s actions in dealing with him had been proper and that he, Nebuchadnezzar, was not about to question them. Job was taught the very same lesson by the LORD (Job 38:1-42:6).

As one studies and decodes the prophecies of the book of Daniel, it is paramount to seek literal fulfillment. Every prophetic detail of the king’s dream and visions, as interpreted by Daniel, was literally fulfilled.

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

The prodigal son, having come to his senses, has come home; God having waited and waited, has welcomed him with open arms (cf. Luke 15:17-20). Nebuchadnezzar finally had a beatitude attitude heart: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3-5). One cannot enter God’s kingdom with a proud and self-sufficient heart. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it”(Mark 10:15).

Meet Nebuchadnezzar, the king of kings, the greatest king in history— poor in spirit and humble like a little child—a citizen of the kingdom of God. He has a changed heart and a new song to sing—the praises of the Most High instead of himself.

Seven blessings were restored to Nebuchadnezzar:

1. His understanding returned.
2. His reason returned.
3. The glory of his kingdom was restored.
4. His honor and brilliance returned.
5. His advisers and nobles sought him out again.
6. He was reestablished in his kingdom.
7. Splendor was added to him.

Miraculously, no new king ascended to the throne during the seven-year malady; however, his son, Evil-Merodach, might have been regent during his father’s insanity. As with Job (Job 42:10-15), God’s blessings bestowed on Nebuchadnezzar increased after his walk through the fires of suffering.

There is a progression in Nebuchadnezzar’s understanding of the Most High God (4:2). The king recognizes Him as:

1. Revealer, 2:47
2. Deliverer, 3:28
3. Eternal God, 4:34
4. Sovereign, 4:35
5. King, 4:37

By the end of chapter four, Nebuchadnezzar should have learned at least twenty-one things about the Most High God.

1. Praise, honor and glory belong to God alone.
2. God is the King of heaven who rules the earth.
3. All God's works are truth.
4. God's ways are just.
5. God blesses those who fear Him rather than man.
6. God is Lord of kings.
7. God is the revealer of mysteries.
8. God’s presence is with those who put their trust in Him.
9. God can silence man’s boasts and reduce him to a beast.
10. True servants of God will not worship any other god.
11. There is no other god who can deliver people like the true God.
12. There is no other god who can do miracles like the true God.
13. God's kingdom is everlasting.
14. Generations of men will continue on the earth for a long time.
15. The Spirit of the Holy God can dwell in man.
16. God gives rule to whomsoever He wills.
17. The wise men of earth are incapable of knowing and understanding spiritual truth unless God reveals it to them.
18. Sin does not pay.
19. Pride is the cause of downfalls.
20. Anyone that walks in pride, God is able to humble.
21. God demonstrates His love to us while we were still sinners, even to the most arrogant, wicked, and cruelest of tyrants.

It is not known how long Nebuchadnezzar reigned after he was restored, but long enough to become greater than before. In 562 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar died a man of faith—an OT saint! One day we will meet in heaven. To talk and sing with Nebuchadnezzar about the amazing grace that flows from the love of God—that will be glory!

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