Daniel – Standing Firm For God
Lesson 5: "The Price Of Pride" Daniel 4
"until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign…" Daniel 4:32
An Arrogant Attitude
- Imagine if Saddam Hussein said… (e.g. 4:37)
- Nebuchadnezzar had accomplished a great deal. (e.g. see Ezek. 29:17-20) He had everything a man could want. (see 4:4)
Another Troublesome Dream
- Nebuchadnezzar dreams again, perhaps as many as 30 years after the first dream
- Again, as before, his wise men could not interpret the dream (v. 7) Notice that the king didn’t try to test them and make the wise men describe the dream
- What does ‘Finally’ mean in verse 8?
- Look at verse 9. Notice how the king’s idolatry is never very far from him
- Nebuchadnezzar was the tree. It was magnificent, but it was not indestructible.
- Daniel was troubled by the meaning of the dream. (v. 19)
- But despite the meaning of the dream, God allowed a period of grace (v. 29)
A Painful Lesson
- The instant Nebuchadnezzar let his pride rule his heart, the dream came true.
- Why make the king like an animal? And notice he wasn’t a great lion or some such beautiful animal. He was a filthy beast.
A Final Tribute
- It had taken a long time, but Nebuchadnezzar finally acknowledged who was Lord
- Nebuchadnezzar was humbled (see v. 37)
#1) God seriously disapproves of pride and arrogance (see Prov. 6:16-19, Isa. 14:12-14)
#2) Though God "hates" pride, He is patient and wants us to turn from this sin so that He will not have to discipline us (Heb. 12:7-10)
#3) God will respond to our prayers for help (I Peter 3:9)
For next week, read Daniel 5