Summary: From this story we learn how God humbled a pagan king. There is important truth here for all of us to ponder.
“Don’t mess with God!”
Date: Feb, 15, 2012
Scripture: Daniel 4
I begin with a simple question: How far will God go to get his message across to us?
The answer is not hard to find.
He will do whatever it takes/make sure we get his message.
But what if we don’t want to hear what God has to say?
The answer is the same but raised to a higher power.
If we choose not to listen to God, then he simply turns up the volume until he has our undivided attention.
If you doubt my words, consider/story/the king who went crazy.
Though this story tells/strange events/happened 25 centuries ago
The moral is both timeless/relevant as today’s headlines.
The world has changed greatly since Daniel’s day; the human heart hasn’t changed at all.
The world/still filled/men/women who think they don’t need God,
God still knows how to humble the proud.
There are two tragedies in life.
o One is to lose your heart’s desire; the other is to gain it.
o We don’t look at it that way.
o In our eyes gaining your heart’s desire is the very purpose of life itself.
o How many people have achieved their dreams only to be ruined in the process?
o Success can be just as big a temptation as failure
o Perhaps more so since success tends to make us take life for granted.
o While it is true that God speaks to us both ways
o We tend to listen more when God speaks through sorrow, pain, loss, and personal failure.
o Success tends to make us complacent but failure cannot be denied.
In that sense failure can be a gift from God
• Especially if it breaks our sinful self-confidence and brings us to the place where we acknowledge that God is God and we are not.
• The Big G on your shirt.
That’s the lesson King Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way.
From this story we learn how God humbled a pagan king. There is important truth here for all of us to ponder.
Before we move to the text, note two facts about Daniel 4.
o First, unlike/chap/Daniel, this one/written/ king himself.
o First few verses/last few/written/first person singular.
o Like reading the king’s personal diary.
Second, describes/great detail/king’s most humiliating experience.
o Like a personal journal posted on the internet.
o Your inner most thoughts/secrets/revealed to everyone.
What happened to Nebuch/happens to all of us sooner or later.
o Many of us, it may/more than once.
o Therefore, we should pay careful attention to this ancient story because through it God will speak some very contemporary truth to all of us.
The story begins/time when King Nebuch/the crest of a wave.
o He/contented/prosperous, and well he should be.
o At the height of his glory, Nebuchadnezzar was king over the greatest empire the world had ever known.
If there had been a Fortune 500 list in those days, he would have been first on the list.
He spoke and it was done.
He commanded and mighty armies obeyed his word.