September 1. 2019

and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws. – Daniel 4:30-33 ESV


From; One of the challenges in understanding the story line of Daniel is the chronology of the book. Because the chapters are not laid out in a chronological order it’s difficult to understand the flow of events. The book is actually put together thematically, in two distinct parts: 1) Life in Babylon 2) Prophetic Visions. The time frame of these sections overlap one another. For instance, Chapter 6 takes places near the end of Daniel’s life, whereas Chapter 7 takes place nearly 20 years earlier. As we look at the time line, it’s important to note that Daniel began his time in Babylon serving in Nebuchadnezzar’s court but ends up serving under Darius the Mede. The Medo-Persians took over Babylon in 539 BC, which is only explicitly mentioned in Daniel 5:30-31.

Leader, Here is a simple key of the kings in Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar – King of Babylon (605–562 BC), Belshazzar – Grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, Co-Regent of Babylon with his father Nabonidus (553-539 BC),Darius – Governor of Babylon under Cyrus (~539 – 530 BC),Cyrus – King of Persia (559 – 530 BC) What is interesting is the amount of time God spent with this KING OF BABYLON, this gentile king. In 587 Nebuchadnezzar was introduced to the GOD of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!” (Daniel 3:28-29)

Conduit, 16 years later the King of Babylon forgot about his encounter with Jehovah and thought He was God; see text above. Proverbs 16:1-5 REMINDS us who is GOD: The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Nebuchadnezzar let HIS EGO become HIS GOD. He thought he was doing it- and He stole God’s glory! There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12, also see Prov; 16:25, 21:2) Do you need to be reminded on WHO is really making all things happen? Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1) To God be the GLORY! Since God prepared, good works in advance for us to do. Since God sits above time is the GRAND manipulator of all things created, seen and unseen, then we shall trust in the LORD OUR GOD and lean NOT on our own understanding and quit stealing HIS GLORY! Have you forgotten that you have a GOD and YOU ARE NOT HIM- HE is OMNISCIENT: NO shared Glory! “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

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