Summary: KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR
Daniel 4:1 -3 & 19 - 37 The Conversion Of a Rebellious Man THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR I. THE POWER OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR Ch.1:1-2 A. 1:1 The Scope Of His Power - Nebuchadnezzar was the most feared and mighty ruler of his day. He controlled the powerful kingdom of Babylon and was unrivaled in power and military might. B. 1:2 The Source Of His Power - 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, C. 1:2 The Slight Of His Power - he failed to recognize or acknowledge God in his life. with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. II. THE PRIDE OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR 4: 24 - 27 A. Seen In His Indifference To God's Person - 24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: B. His Indifference To God's Power - 25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will C. His Indifference To God's Patience - 26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. D. His Indifference To God's Pronouncement - 27 Note Daniel's :- (a) Concern "Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee," (b) Counsel "break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor" (c) Conviction "if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity."
III. THE PUNISHMENT OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR 4: 28 - 34
I. God's Sovereignty is Ignored
A. The Delay Of His Punishment -V. 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
II. God's Sovereignty is Rejected.
B. The Declaration Of His Punishment v. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
III. God's Sovereignty is Experienced. 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
C. The Depth Of His Punishment - V. 31-32
Nebuchadnezzar lost his :-
(a) Power The kingdom is departed from thee
(b) Position v.32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field