Archive for December 28th, 2017

This chapter was written by King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. He sent out a message to all of the known world, that was under his power, in their different languages, saying that Daniel’s God is the Most High God, and he praises Him (v. 1 – 3).

Then the King tells of a second dream he had had, only this time he dreamed of a mighty tree. He described the tree and what happened in the dream but didn’t understand what it meant so, he called in his wise men and they couldn’t understand it either. The King called in Daniel, whom he had named Belteshazzar, and he told him the dream and asked him to interpret it for him (v. 4 – 18).

Daniel was very troubled by this dream and would not tell the King at first, but after an hour the King says, no matter what it means, tell the interpretation of the dream to me; so Daniel interpreted the dream for the King. For seven years the King would become like an animal and live on grass, and dwell with the beasts of the field, and he would stay like this until he realised that the Most High God is the Sovereign Lord and it is He Who gives power to men and takes it away. Daniel pleaded with the King to repent, to ask God for forgiveness and mend his ways, but apparently he did not, because exactly one year later the King was in his palace boasting of all that he had achieved, when a voice came from heaven and told him he had lost his kingdom (v.19 – 31). Verse 33 tells us that within the hour, the prophecy had been fulfilled and the King was driven from his palace, out into the field, where he lived as an animal for seven years. Verse 34 to the end of the passage is Nebuchadnezzar praising God, extolling His power and majesty, and praising Him for returning him to his throne, and acknowledging that the Most High God is God above all other gods, and noting that those who walk in pride He is able to bring down.

Pride is something that God really hates. In James 4:6 we read, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. It was pride that caused Lucifer’s fall (Is. 14:12-14) and also the fall of man. James goes on to say, “Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you, draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

















Lord show me any pride in my life today. Amen.

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