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Daniel explains the Dream

Daniel 2:24-49, Andrew Love, May 20, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • God speaks to Nebuchadnezzar
    • A despotic man
    • He made a wild demand - explanation
    • Yet God speaks to him in a dream
    • Daniel and his friends were put in great danger
  • Man's extremity is God's opportunity
    • Daniel goes to Arioch
    • Daniel is given an audience with the king
    • Daniel asks for time and calls a prayer meeting
    • God gives Daniel the interpretation of the dream
    • Do we call upon God in our extremity?
  • This chapter tells us that God answers the prayers of His people
    • How much do we believe that God will answer our prayers?
  • Overview:
    • Lessons about how to testify (v24-30)
    • Lessons about history and the kingdom of God (v31-45)
    • Lessons about divine intervention (v46-49)

Lessons about how to testify (v24-30)

  • Daniel has received an answer to prayer (v24)
    • He does not rush into the kings presence - he follows protocol
    • Although he had heard from the King of Kings, he could not rush into the presence of the earthly king
    • We must not rush into situations
  • Arioch claims credit for the answer to prayer (v25)
    • Once God has answered your prayer, others might want to come alongside and take credit
    • This does not matter, be humble
    • Daniel does not take credit - he acknowledges God
  • Daniel highlights the inability for men to interpret the dream (v27)
    • Daniel reminds Nebuchadnezzar that he must not go back to the wise men, astrologers, magicians and sooth sayers
    • We must show people that only God has the answer
  • Daniel reminds Nebuchadnezzar that only God knows (v28)
    • We must point men and women away from ourselves and towards God
  • Daniel is not taking credit (v30)
    • God exalts the humble and puts down the proud
    • Daniel is highly exalted at the end of the chapter
    • Are we humble?
    • Do we take credit - are we humble?
  • Summarizing comments

Lessons about history and the kingdom of God (v31-45)

  • The interpretation of the dream speaks about Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom and the coming kingdoms after, including the kingdom of God
    • A statue made of different materials
    • A little stone strikes the statue and it shatters
    • The little stone grows into a great mountain
  • Each empires gives way to another empire but the kingdom of God supersedes all empires
    • The kingdom of God will last forever

The empires

  • The interpretation: (v37-38)
    • Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom would one day pass away
    • The Babylonian Empire gave way to the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians (the silver trunk and two arms)
      • The splendor of each kingdom is inferior to the previous empires
      • (The strength of the Roman kingdom was stronger than the previous empires)
    • The Greek Empire came next (the two bronze upper legs)
    • The Roman Empire (the two iron lower legs)
  • Some scholars dispute when Daniel was written due to the accuracy of the prophecy
    • God had given Daniel the interpretation
  • The ten toes - maybe 10 kings
    • All empires came and went
    • One day all the kingdoms of the world will be swept away by the kingdom of God

The Stone

  • God's kingdom begins in small ways
    • The 12 apostles
    • Pentecost
    • The stone is spoken in Gen 49 - Jesus Christ

Lessons

  • Every human king is but dust in the sight of God
    • Your kingdom will fail and another will come
    • People are nothing in the hands of almighty God
  • There is no 'Christian kingdom'
    • There is the invisible kingdom of God that exists throughout the world
  • We are not be too patriotic
    • Our citizenship is in heaven
    • Only the kingdom of God will prevail and last forever and ever
  • Jesus Christ is a stone - an offense and stumbling block
    • Many today don't like Jesus' claims
    • To those who believe He is the foundation stone
      • Luke 20:17-18
    • To those who do not believe He is the grinding stone
    • The kingdom of God is all about Jesus

Lessons about divine intervention (v46-49)

  • God had divinely spoken into the life of Nebuchadnezzar
    • He fell prostate before Daniel
      • Is Nebuchadnezzar worshiping Daniel or a foolish action for one who recognises that God is the God of gods (v47)
  • Nebuchadnezzar has come to acknowledge the one true God of heaven
    • Though he makes this confession, he is not converted (chapter 3)
  • We must be measured about those who make a profession of faith
    • We must remember the parable of the sower
    • We must continue to pray for people
      • God does humble, save and convert Nebuchadnezzar
      • We must not interfere but pray
  • Nebuchadnezzar promotes Daniel and his three friends
    • God uses Daniel for the good of the kingdom
    • We see that God is over all things
    • We must pray for authorities
  • God's kingdom rises up above all other kingdoms

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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