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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! 🙂
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 ALL OF THE WRITTEN NOTES FOR YOU TO SEND IN 🙂
KEY POINT FOR ME: BE HUMBLE OR BE HUMILIATED (SEE VIDEO)
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.
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.
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, 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 in 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!