Summary: NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S TESTIMONY
Daniel 4:1 -3 & 19 - 37 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR
I. THE POWER OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR Ch.1:1-2 1 ¶ In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, 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. 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. Eph. 2:1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Note :- Their Past State were dead, Their Present State you hath he quickened (made alive), Their Priviliged State (hath he quickened) By God Alone
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. Seen In 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. Seen In 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. Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? D. Seen In His Indifference To God's Pronouncement - 27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. Note Daniel's :- (a) Gracious Admonishment "Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee," (b) Good Advice "break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor" (c) Godly Admonition "if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity." Proverbs 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
III. THE PUNISHMENT OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR 4: 28 - 34
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.