The Humbling of Nebuchadnezzar
Daniel 4:1-9; 24, 25, 28-37
IINTRODUCTION: Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon, and ruler over the defeated Jews. In his final assault on Jerusalem in 586 BC, he took captive most of the Jews, with the exception of the elderly and a few that were of no threat to him.
Nebuchadnezzar was a man lifted up in pride. He was so proud that he decided to have a statute made in his likeness. So magnificent was this statue that it stood some 60 feet tall and was made of gold. He sent out a decree that at the sound of music, all the inhabitants of Babylon were required to bow before his image and worship him.
God said, "I've had enough! So He makes the decision to bring Nebuchadnezzar down off his high horse. Verse 37 says, "...and those who walk in pride He is able to abase."
God gives Nebuchadnezzar a dream, detailing his fall and demise. Nebuchadnezzar was not able to interpret the dream nor were his magicians. So he calls for Daniel. Daniel was one of the young Jews taken from Jerusalem into captivity. Because the Spirit of God dwelt in Daniel, he was able to interpret the dream.
The revelation of the dream was so shocking to Daniel, the Bible says he "was astonished for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him" (vs.19).
Nebuchadnezzar's dream revealed that he would be given the mind of an animal and driven from power to live with the beasts of the field, and eat grass like an oxen for a period of 7 years.
ILLUS: There is a mental illness known as zoanthropy or boanthropy (an illness observed in modern times) where a person thinks of himself as an animal and acts like one. This may have been the disease Nebuchadnezzar had.
Following Nebuchadnezzar's 7 years of living like and animal, he comes to his senses. We read again in 4:34, "And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised ...
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