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God speaks to Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 2:1-23, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Andrew Love, May 13, 2018

Sermon Notes:

God speaks to Nebuchadnezzar (v1-11)

  • Looking at v1-23
    • Looking at the interpretation next week
  • God has put eternity in the hearts of all people
    • Men and women live as though there is no eternal life
  • What about Nebuchadnezzar?
    • He needed to know that God exists and to know God
    • God gave him a disturbing dream
  • As Christians we are not to be superstitious
    • If God speaks in a dream, this will be clear
    • This dream to Nebuchadnezzar was a message from heaven
    • He knew he must have the interpretation - it seemed to frighten him
      • Brief explanation
  • 1 Cor 15 reminds us that God must reign
    • Nebuchadnezzar must know that God reigns
  • What sort of man is Nebuchadnezzar?
    • He seems to distrust others
    • He seems to be angry and irrational
    • He seems to be volatile
    • He is frightened by the dream he has
    • He wants to establish himself as the all powerful king
  • Yet God speaks to Nebuchadnezzar
    • God is going to humble him
    • God is going to raise up Daniel and his friends
    • Can God speak to powerful men today?
    • History is in God's hand
    • v21 - He raises up and puts down kings
    • God is God
  • Nebuchadnezzar was to learn the impotence of pagan gods and human philosophies
    • He needed to know there was only one true God in heaven
    • He needed to know his other sources of 'help' were cut off
      • The Chaldeans initially looked like they had the answers - but they were frauds
        • Only the 'gods' could give an answer and the Chaldeans were not 'in touch' with the gods
        • All the could give was guesses and superstitious views
      • Science can tell us 'what' but not 'why'
    • Are we like the Chaldeans?
      • Do we need a jolt?
      • It is our prayer that people would search for God

Daniel's Response (v12-18)

  • Daniel knew what to do
    • He knew his life was in danger
    • He went to the captain of the guard - God had given favour
      • He was wise and diplomatic
    • He went to see the king - God gave further favour
      • Daniel asked for time
      • Nebuchadnezzar did not give time to the Chaldeans (v8)
      • God gave Daniel time
    • He called a prayer meeting
      • He called his three friends
      • They pray and seek mercy from the God of heaven
      • They come in faith
  • We can learn a lot from Daniel
    • Daniel trusted in the Lord
      • Ps 118:8, Prov 3:26
    • Do we trust in the Lord (especially in a crisis)?

God's Answer (v19-23)

  • God's answer did not come directly to Daniel
    • He later received a vision when sleeping/at night
    • He sees the same image that Nebuchadnezzar saw
    • He understands the interpretation
    • God reveals His mysteries to His servant
  • Does God speak in dreams and visions today?
    • God does sometimes speak to unbelievers in this way?
    • God does not usually speak to believers in this way - for we have the final and complete revelation (the Bible)
      • However, God is not bound just by speaking in the Bible
      • God might rarely speak in this way
    • No situation is too hard for Him or beyond Him
      • God promotes Daniel and his friends (v48-49)
  • Daniel first worships after receiving the answer - he does not rush back to Nebuchadnezzar
    • v20 - he is humble and recognises that it is God who has given him wisdom
    • v22 - he recognises that God has given him the interpretation of the dream
    • He is full of praise
    • He knows the killing will stop - God had spoken to the king
  • Jer 29:11 - a word to those in exile

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Daniel 2:1-23

1And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. 2Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 3And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. 4Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. 5The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. 6But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. 7They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it. 8The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. 9But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. 10The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. 11And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. 12For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. 14Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: 15He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. 16Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. 17Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: 18That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. 23I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (KJV)

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