Summary: We all have the potential to take the blessings God gives us and show enough ungratefulness to operate in that responsibility that we can loose it… Esau – sells his birthright for what? A bowl of stew… why because he didn’t honor what God had bestowed upon him.
Rev It Up pt. 2
Repentance That Leads To Restoration
Last week we talked about Resolutions that lead to revival… Resolve Not to defile myself (Daniel refuses to eat the kings food),
2-resolve to daily diet on what is healthy (he determines to eat only what is healthy and biblically sound)
3-resolve to depend on God for the impossible (he believes in God to tell him the kings dream) and interpret it),
4- resolve to display his glory with my life. (before he tell what the lord revealed he gives all glory to God)
Last week we left off with Daniel being taken hostage into Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar.
The king needs someone to interpret a dream but not only interpret it but tell him what the dream was…
As we pick up the story today the king has another dream and this time he tells everyone what the dream was but again he needs to know the interpretation of the dream.
1. Bad attitudes/actions Lead to Remorse
“My Lord if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries!” Daniel 4:19
Daniel seems to have this, “I regret to inform you” approach to this interpretation… here is the meaning of this, and you’re going to regret asking…
…you’re going to regret what you have done to cause it. Because I wish this was about your enemies and not you…
Here is the simple truth about Nebuchadnezzar that seems to exist in all of us… He was inattentive to protect what he was blessed with…
Daniel 4:22 says your majesty, you are that tree, you have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to the distant parts of the earth.
We all have the potential to take the blessings God gives us and show enough ungratefulness to operate in that responsibility that we can loose it…
Esau – sells his birthright for what? A bowl of stew… why because he didn’t honor what God had bestowed upon him.
Gen. 25:29-34 – read
Esau trades the lasting benefits of his birthright for the immediate pleasure of food…
He acted on impulse, satisfying his immediate desire, a decision he will regret.
Esau’s life is filled with choices that he must have regretted bitterly. He appears to be a person who found it hard to consider the consiquences.
Reacting to the need of the moment without realizing what he was giving up. How many of us have been there?
Though Daniel is nervous about being the bearer of the bad news… it is exactly what the king asked for and needs to hear..
Sometimes we simply need to hear it like it is… not that what is coming is judgement but as a warning that things will get worse if we don’t watch it.
Esau didn’t have this warning perhaps because he wouldn’t have heeded to it anyway, lets review what Neb does with this warning…
“This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued AGAINST my lord the king. You will be driven away from people and will and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven…” Daniel 4:24-25