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“May you and I not only know God’s Word but live God’s Word.” <>< Dona (12/02/20)

Please read Daniel 4 through 6.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Daniel 4

Another dream.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Nebuchadnezzar gave You lip service but did he follow through (v. 1-3)?

Something to think about

Once again Nebuchadnezzar called on Daniel to interpret his dream (v. 18).  Daniel was terrified of his thoughts (v. 19).  Daniel told the king that he (the king) had become great and strong (v. 20-22).  Daniel gave the interpretation of the king’s dream (v. 24-27). A year later pride entered Nebuchadnezzar (v. 29-30).   Then he heard a voice from heaven (v. 31-32).  And immediately the dream was fulfilled in Nebuchadnezzar’s life (v. 33). At the end of the allotted time, Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity was restored and he praised the Lord (v. 34-35). And he was restored to his throne (v. 36).

Something to experience

Are we both talking the talk and walking the walk when it comes to submission to God? Pride might be the most dangerous temptation we ever face.  We shouldn’t let pride into our life because it will cause damage to our relationship with God.   Just like Nebuchadnezzar, we need to praise, exalt and glorify the King of heaven because everything He does is right and all His ways are just (v. 37).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 4:1-3 1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.  It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked toward me. How great are His signs!  How mighty are His wonders!  His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  His dominion is from generation to generation.

Daniel 4:18 “This dream I, king Nebuchadnezzar, have seen; and you, Belteshazzar, declare 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.”

Daniel 4:19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stricken mute for a while, and his thoughts troubled him. The king answered, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream, or the interpretation, trouble you.”  Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you, and its interpretation to your adversaries.” 

Daniel 4:20-22 20 “The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and its sight to all the earth; 21 whose leaves were beautiful, and its fruit plentiful, and in it was food for all; under which the animals of the field lived, and on whose branches the birds of the sky had their habitation: 22 it is you, O king, that have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown, and reaches to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth.”

Daniel 4:24-27 24 “This is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which has come on my lord the king: 25 that you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field. You shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will. 26 Whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree; your kingdom shall be sure to you, after that you will have known that the heavens do rule. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your tranquility.”

Daniel 4:29-30 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking in the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?”

Daniel 4:31-32 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from the sky, saying, “O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: ‘The kingdom has departed from you. 32 You shall be driven from men; and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field. You shall be made to eat grass as oxen. Seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will.’”

Daniel 4:33 This was fulfilled the same hour on Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from men, and ate grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

Daniel 4:34-35 34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him who lives forever; for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation.  35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stop His hand, or ask Him, “What are you doing?”

Daniel 4:36 At the same time my understanding returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added to me. 

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all His works are truth, and His ways justice; and those who walk in pride He is able to abase.

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Theme Daniel 5

Message on the wall.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, King Belshazzar used the gold and silver goblets that had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem at his banquet (v. 2-4). 

Something to think about

During the banquet a hand appeared and wrote on the wall a message (v. 5). It frightened the king and he called in his enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers (v. 6-7).   But none of the king’s wise men of Babylon could read the message and explain it (v. 8-9). Daniel alone was given the ability to interpret the message for the king (v. 10-12). Though Daniel did interpret the writing on the wall he turned down the gifts and position the king had offered him (v. 16-17). First Daniel told the king why the message was sent (v. 22-23).  Then Daniel gave the interpretation (v. 25-28).

Something to experience

We should be like Daniel and do something because it’s the right thing to do not because we’ve been offered power or rewards.  We should be courageous enough to speak the truth. We must not use what is meant for holy purposes for sinful purposes as the king did the goblets. Everything we have belongs to God, so we should be careful how we use what He’s given us.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 5:2-4 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded that the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem be brought to him; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink from them. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of God’s house which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, drank from them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of bronze, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Daniel 5:5 In the same hour, the fingers of a man’s hand came out and wrote near the lamp stand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace. The king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 

Daniel 5:6-7 Then the king’s face was changed in him, and his thoughts troubled him; and the joints of his thighs were loosened, and his knees struck one against another.  The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Daniel 5:8-9 Then all the king’s wise men came in; but they could not read the writing, and couldn’t make known to the king the interpretation. Then king Belshazzar was greatly troubled, and his face was changed in him, and his lords were perplexed.

Daniel 5:10-12 10 The queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house. The queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever; don’t let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your face be changed. 11 There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him. The king, Nebuchadnezzar, your father, yes, the king, your father, made him master of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12 because an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting of dreams, showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

Daniel 5:16-17 16 “But I have heard of you, that you can give interpretations, and dissolve doubts. Now if you can read the writing, and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold around your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”  17 Then Daniel answered before the king, “Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation.”

Daniel 5:22-23 22 “You, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which don’t see, or hear, or know; and you have not glorified the God in whose hand your breath is, and whose are all your ways.” 

Daniel 5:25-28 25 “This is the writing that was inscribed: ‘MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.’  26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE: God has counted your kingdom, and brought it to an end.  27 TEKEL: you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.  28 PERES: your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”

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Theme Daniel 6

Den of Lions.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Daniel so distinguished himself from the other presidents and governors that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom (v. 3).  

Something to think about

So, the presidents and governors sought to find something to charge against Daniel (v. 4).  They went to the king and talked him into issuing an edict and enforcing the decree that only the king should be worshipped during the next thirty days.  And if this edict was violated the offender would be thrown into the lions’ den (v. 7).  When the king was told of Daniel praying to his own God, the king was distressed and tried to figure out a way to save Daniel from the lions’ den (v. 14).  But Daniel in the end was thrown into the lions’ den (v. 16).  Then God moved in the situation to protect Daniel by shutting the mouths of the lions (v. 21-22).  Daniel had trusted in the Lord to do whatever He deemed right (v. 23). The men who tried to have Daniel punished were punished instead (v. 24).  The king issued a decree that in every part of the kingdom people must fear and reverence Daniel’s God (v. 26-27).

Something to experience

Daniel responded as we should when told to worship someone other than God.  He went home and continued praying to the one true God (v. 10). God has many ways in which He can save His people.  Don’t give up or give in to the actions of non-believers. God has power we may not know about because He shut the mouth of those lions in the den (v. 21-22).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the local governors, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and the local governors sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion or fault, because he was faithful. There wasn’t any error or fault found in him. 

Daniel 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the local governors, the counselors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong decree, that whoever asks a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except of you, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 

Daniel 6:10 When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his room toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled on his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before. 

Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was very displeased, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored until the going down of the sun to rescue him.

Daniel 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”

Daniel 6:21-22 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God has sent His angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before Him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

Daniel 6:23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

Daniel 6:24 The king commanded, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions mauled them, and broke all their bones in pieces, before they came to the bottom of the den.

Daniel 6:26-27 26 “I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; “for He is the living God, and steadfast forever.  His kingdom is that which will not be destroyed.  His dominion will be even to the end.  27 He delivers and rescues.  He works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will both speak You Word and obey Your Word. I pray we will humble ourselves before You and submit to You. I pray we will continually praise, exalt and glorify You, the King of heaven because all You do is right and all Your ways are just (Daniel:4).  Lord, I pray we will do what is right in Your sight regardless of the consequences.  I pray we will be courageous enough to always speak the truth.  Lord, I pray we will revere You and all that is holy.  Thank You for everything You’ve given us.  I pray we will use it all for Your glory (Daniel 5).  Lord, may we pray only to You.  I pray we will trust You even in difficult situations (Daniel 6). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I pray only to the one true God.” <>< Dona