Summary: I wonder, when something bigger than ourselves eclipses our importance, how do we feel?
Griffith Baptist Church – 3/30/08
Text: Daniel 4
Main Verse: Daniel 4:37 - Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
For many years Sir Walter Scott was the leading literary figure in the British Empire. No one could write as well as he. Then the works of Lord Byron began to appear, and their greatness was immediately evident. Soon an anonymous critic praised his poems in a London paper. He declared that in the presence of these brilliant works of poetic genius, Scott could no longer be considered the leading poet of England.
It was later discovered that the unnamed reviewer had been none other than Sir Walter Scott himself!
I wonder, when something bigger than ourselves eclipses our importance, how do we feel?
Nebuchadnezzer faced this in this chapter
1. The Proclamation of the King – 4:1-3
2. The Revelation to the King – 4:4-18
3. The Interpretation to the King – 4:19-27
4. The Degradation of the King – 4:28-33
5. The Entire Restoration of the King – 4:34-37
Transition Statement: What are the telltale signs of Pride? These are not given for your convenience to determine in someone else’s life but to determine in your own.
1. The Signs of Pride
A. Pride Focuses on Self (4, 30)
i. A life that is wrapped up in itself makes a very small package.
ii. Our needs, wants, and life are more important than others
iii. It loves to talk about its accomplishments
iv. In fact, its feelings get hurt when no one notices what it thinks is a great deal
v. It is part of that sin nature that we battle - Mark 7:20-23 - 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
B. Pride is Stubborn to Acknowledge Mistakes
i. In Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, ( Nobel laureate) portrays a marriage that disintegrates over a bar of soap. It was the wife’s job to keep the house in order, including provision of towels, toilet paper, and soap in the bathroom. One day she forgot to replace the soap, an oversight that her husband mentioned in an exaggerated way (’I’ve been bathing for almost a week without any soap"), and that she vigorously denied. Although it turned out that she had indeed forgotten, her pride was at stake and she would not back down. For the next seven months they slept in separate rooms and ate in silence.
’Even when they were old and placid, ’ writes Marquez, ’they were very careful about bringing it up, for the barely healed wounds could begin to bleed again as if they had been inflicted only yesterday." How can a bar of soap ruin a marriage? Because neither partner would say, ’Stop. This cannot go on. I’m sorry. Forgive me."