by Ivor Powell

Nebuchadnezzar...Who Should Have Known Better
Ivor Powell
Daniel 4:33

Poor man! He resembled a beast without a cage, an outcast deprived of his sanity. The tragedy was the result of personal stupidity; his desire for fame ran away with his brain. He should have known better!

His Unparalleled Privileges . . . Convincing

Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was among the world's greatest architects, engineers, and builders. Without the machines so commonplace today, he erected a city, which if it still existed would be the world's greatest tourist attraction. He was exceedingly wise, but not wise enough to understand that without God he was nothing.

The second chapter in the book of Daniel describes how the king saw a great image, and when the prophet explained its meaning, the monarch was informed he was the head of gold; his domain was superior to any other. It is not known if this encounter with Daniel was the king's introduction to Jehovah, but later events proved that, to some degree at least, knowledge of the Most High God commanded his attention. Daniel was a man of exceptional ability, a revealer of secrets, whose wisdom came from Jehovah.

Nebuchadnezzar witnessed the miraculous deliverance of three Hebrew boys who had been cast into the fiery furnace, and had seen the mysterious form of the Deliverer of whom it was said, "The form of the fourth is like the Son of God" (Dan. 3:25b). Finally, he had been given a vision of a great tree whose magnificence was destroyed. The prophet explained the meaning of the dream, saying, "This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: 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 whomso ...

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