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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

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