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Lesson # Dan. 4:1-3
Study Material - Dan. 4:1-3
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1 Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: 'May your peace abound! 2 'It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me. 3 'How great are His signs, And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation.
Nebuchadnezzar prior to this statement had written decrees with lots of pomp and fancy rhetoric, but now he is humbled and sets forth his confession and testimonial for all to read, in plain and understandable language. No more the ego driven by his arrogance. No more is the attitude that he was the master of his own destiny, that he somehow all alone conquered the world, building a mighty empire, that even God in heaven described as the golden head of empires to come. Thought it was described in its greatness, the empire was still filled with flaws and eventually fell victim to time and negative attitudes of it future leaders. But for now, Nebuchadnezzar recognizes God, and verbally removes his own crown in worship of God.
Nebuchadnezzar had many demonstrations of Gods power and blessing, yet he resisted the obvious greater powers of God and benefits of becoming a believer in God promised future Savior, Jesus Christ, for those worldly benefits that are elusive and misleading. He pursued all that was available to him in conquering the world, r at least the immediate vicinity of the Middle East, which with its commerce trade routes, Babylon had an influence over the entire world.
Nebuchadnezzar addresses every person alive. Not just the Jews who brought the message of God to his attention, not to the Chaldeans who had the benefit and prestige of being citizens of the power center of Babylon, but to everyone in the world, because God is here for all of mankind, not just one race, not just one nation, not just one category of people no matter how you define it. God is here for all to benefit all and give all the same opportunity to believe in Him and become recipients of His blessing and peace.
Nebuchadnezzar wished peace to all. But not just any peace, but an abounding peace a peace of mind, of prosperity, of security, of living inside Gods sphere of power and protection. Granted the empire was powerful and prosperous, but there were limits to what the Babylonian empire could do for its inhabitants. Any earthly environment is subject to the earthly limits forced on it by mans sin nature, by the changes of mother nature, and so forth.
His wish for peace was from the God of Heaven as bestowed on each individual who advance positively into and through their spiritual life. Nebuchadnezzar was now convinced that the signs and wonders that God has done were far greater than anything that he had perceived himself of doing.
Nebuchadnezzar was now getting on in years. Having served some 40 years on the throne of Babylon and the Chaldean empire, he has come to the point that God alone controls life and history, and that mankind is nothing, that mans idols and misled beliefs in false gods lead to no where.
That man may have periods of prosperity in a single generation, and even may pass that prosperity to a few more future generations, but mans rule always comes to an end. Gods rule and dominion will last forever. His kingdom will last forever, and all of this because Gods essence is eternal, and beyond modification by anything in creation. God is immutable. He cannot be changed, and He will not change. Therefore, we have eternal security in Him, whereas we have nothing from this world.
Nebuchadnezzar had many opportunities to learn and recognize the power of God and the importance of believing in Him and learning His wisdom, but like so many people in this world, he had to fall extremely low in life, he had to suffer terribly before he would break through that arrogant barrier within his own soul, and see the truth. People are funny in that way. They are stubborn in their resistance to Bible study. And often they have to be hit real hard in life before they wake up to their own stupidity.
Too often many become even more negative and bitter toward God when life deals them a tough hand. But the truth of the matter is that they made their own problems. It is really by Gods grace that they do not die sooner than later in life as God gives them more opportunities to come around.
Nebuchadnezzar came around. A little late in life, but better late than never. He missed out on a tremendous opportunity to have a far greater life than he had. Certainly he was king over the greatest empire, but that title and wealth meant nothing when he laid on his death bed. If he had rejected Christ, he would be in Torments today, and the lake of fire in the future. What value would that crown have then? In contrast Daniel and his friends were captives and were prospered despite that status, but their eternal future will be far greater than that of Nebuchadnezzar, had he remained negative.
Many kings and presidents have come and gone throughout the generations since Adam. They have enjoyed the fruits of their miserable treatment of others, but they are now gone. You and I as common citizens in this world, we are really nobodies. We do not make the history books. We do not make the news stand headlines. We just plod along in our daily life, but with Bible doctrine in our souls. We are the reason that this world has any prosperity at all, but not from our efforts, but from Gods faithfulness in watching over each one of us.
So it is that Nebuchadnezzar learned this truth late in life. That God appointed him to all that he had in life. And so it is with each one of us. Regardless of our status in life, whether great or small, it is by the grace of God not of our own efforts that we have what we have and are what we are.
God governs the world and has a universal, incontestable, and absolute dominion in and over all the affairs of mankind. And it is the glory of His kingdom that is everlasting.
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