#DanielChallenge – Day Four Chapter Four

Hello Beautiful People!

Its amazing to see so many of you on board with the #DanielChallenge! Even those that haven’t done the previous Bible Challenges ( #EstherChallenge , #RuthChallenge, #JamesChallenge and #LWChallenge.) we welcome you! For those that still don’t know what it is, don’t worry! photo 2 (18)The Daniel Challenge is a 12 day challenge, where we read the 12 chapters in the book of Daniel in the Bible! It is not just about reading, I would love for us to share our understanding of what we have read with each other, so as you read, feel free to hashtag #DanielChallenge if you have twitter. In addition, please email biblechallenge@outlook.com with your notes for each chapter, or a summary and I will put it up on this blog page! The book of Daniel really focuses on our character and identity, especially in the area of being CONSISTENT and LOYAL which I believe is so key in really getting the most out of our Christian walk and abiding in God’s will for us! Some points I haven’t touched on in my summary are covered in everyone else’s contributions, OR I have purposely left out to encourage you guys to touch on! πŸ™‚

Day Four- Chapter Four

I’ve done a video for those who prefer audio/video than reading a whole bunch of text! I summarised the chapter and spoke about the main point for me. Enjoy and Share! TODAY I AM LEAVING ALLΒ OF THE WRITTEN NOTES FOR YOU TO SEND IN πŸ™‚

KEY POINT FOR ME: BE HUMBLE OR BE HUMILIATED (SEE VIDEO)

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What you all thought:

1. King Nebuchadnezzar was heedless and autocratic in his actions. Unjust use of his power led him to believe he held greater significance over the Most High. What I take from this, is that regardless of our positions, we must always give thanks to God, we must acknowledge that our “man-made” authority bares no equivalent to our God’s infinite power over us.Β 

photo 1 (20)2. “You will be driven away from people…” The same people the King ruled, easily opposed him. This is key in our understanding of how we should never become arrogant and pretentious with positions of power. We should always look to make competent use of gifts, positions and opportunities to both better our lives as Christians, but to also aid those around us.
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3. God can communicate with us in a multitude of ways. King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream bared the metaphor of a tree which grew large, visible to the whole earth relating to his dominion extending to distant parts of the earth. To me, this was God making it gracefully apparent that a change needed to be made & through Daniel the message was interpreted and in turn acted upon.Β 
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Leon Carlton – @Leonmalibu
photo 3 (21)In Chapter 4, the King asked Daniel to interpret his dream, as he usually does. Just like humans nowadays, my take on it is that he didn’t like the interpretation or meaning of the dream, so he shrugged it off. The same way when people tend to hear things they don’t like, they block it out. So, instead of Nebuchadnezzar taking Daniel’s warning and changing his ways in an effort to mitigate the effect of what was to come, he continued to be arrogant in his ways and belief that he is the reason he’s so successful, rather than that being the works of God. photo 4 (16)And as it happened later in the chapter, a good 12 months later when he was feeling all high and mighty within himself, the voice came back that reminded him of what was to come to pass as a result of his high thinking, and he did suffer the consequences. But my take on it is that sometimes, God has to take us off the pedestal that we place ourselves on and bring us to a lower point so we can remember that most, if not all the things that happen in our lives is not a result of our own good deeds, but they’re a result of God’s mighty hand. -KahmeΓ©lah
I put the song I wrote above here, because I believe it really conveys my reason for creating these bible challenges. Its for people to see God’s glory wherever they are in the world!
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Hello everyone,This chapter could be described as an extract from King Neb’s Diary. It was his own testimony of exactly what happened to him.Β  3 things that stuck out for me:

1. The truth is the truth
As ordinary people like ourselves, sometimes we do find it difficult to embrace hard news. Daniel in this chapter had to deliver heartbreaking news to the king. V.19 says he was terrified! Before telling the king what his dream meant BUT Daniel just had to suck it up and say what the Lord has revealed to him. This is particularly striking because some of us when we have to deliver the WORD to others, we sugarcoat it and make it all fancy because that’s what we think they want to hear. Daniel knew what he was about to say was serious and unpleasant but he just had to realise that its GOD speaking and not him. He put his own emotions aside and understood that he was being used as a vessel by God and told king nebu EXACTLY what the Lord had revealed to him.

photo 3 (22)2. Pride goes before a Fall
This is probably the most obvious point in this chapter. Pride was what led to king nebu’s fall. The bible says God opposes he proud but gives grace to the humble. God has a way of humiliating proud people. King neb is an obvious example, the same with pharaoh and im sure there are many more. Anyone who adores themselves do much will simply be brought down. Humility is key- THE WAY UP IS REALLY DOWN.

3. Hope in God’s righteous Judgment.
Finally,Β  we all know the king was not the most pleasant person. He killed people like it was no mans business. He was an oppressor, he had the palace, he had power and he just had everything. Some of the babylonians must probably wonder why such an evil man could still be so prosperous. Similarly inΒ  recent times, some dictators and presidents that just wount let their people know peace because of their covetous love of power and money. One thing we should always bear in mind is that out God is Just. He will punish the oppressors and bring them to judgment and in the most embarassing and humiliating way too just like King neb was brought so low as to eat grass with the oxen. How degrading!

photo 4 (17)I’d like to end with Prov 11:2:
‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace. But with humility comes wisdom’ -the way up is really down.
Have a great day everyone @tayo_oo

The overall lesson to learn here is that of excessive pride…Pride causes a lot of problems both with human relationships and also with God…
We shouldn’t be like king Nebu and forget that whatever we have isn’t by our own hands but by the grace of God…If we catch ourselves being prideful we must stop and thank God for whatever we achieve…lest He is forced to humble us…
Here, King nebu’s son is the current king and he doesn’t seem to have learnt from the mistakes his father made..
Key points here :Β 
* He who dishonours God shall not go unpunished….Belshazzar was disrespectful using things from God’s temple to carouse and on top of that give praises to false gods….
photo 2 (21)* Daniel is still showing that him in whom the Spirit resides can do great things…once again all the wise men in the land couldn’t interpret the writing except him…
* Daniel told the king he wasn’t doing the interpretation for the reward…When God’s work needs to be done we as Christians need not be concerned with what we will get in return the most important thing is that His will be done…
* Belshazzar perished for his folly…because he refused to humble himself before God, he refused to look at what happened to his father and learn from it…We, to be better Christians should be able to learn from mistakes of others and not lose sight of the fact that we are all accountable for our actions. – @Fleurparfait

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