BOOK OF DANIEL – Introduction to Chapter Four

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Introduction to Chapter Four

I confess when I began to research the fourth chapter of Daniel I was startled by what I was reading from a large number of scholars and theologians. I don’t mean startled in a bad way but more of a startling enlightenment. That thought caused me to research harder which is why you are reading this blog a day late! Based on what we will learn as we go through Daniel chapter four, it is clear that many believe that the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, came to a saving faith in God based upon how they have interpreted the text contained in the chapter. But is that a correct view or not? Hold tight to your seat as we reveal why such scholars, which include eminent theologians, believe this is so.

Perhaps no other book in the Bible has been vilified so much as in the case of the book of Daniel. We have already put to bed the argument of the timeline controversy of when Daniel was written and by whom. Now, as we dive into chapter four of this wonderful book, more controversy awaits us. Rather than take away the suspense of what I am talking about, let me give you a taste of what I am referring to by way of my own observations. What we are about to read in chapter four is rejected by every corner of mankind. Scholars don’t believe it. Historians mock it. Many theologians reject it. Academics laugh at it. And so on and so forth.

For all of those, and anyone else, who claims the book of Daniel is merely a collection of legendary tales written in a time period, those too ignorant to acknowledge God have plucked out of thin air, let me issue this warning. Meddle with the Most High God and His written word and see how that works out for you. Your ignorance of rejecting the word of God is frightening – not for me, but for you. See how you fare when you stand before your Creator to answer your proud mumblings as you shake in fear in the presence of the Almighty God. And yes, I already hear you laughing at the thought of standing before God but no, I’m not saying see who will be laughing at you then. It won’t be me or any other genuine true Christian. For we will have prayed incessantly for you and all of your number centuries earlier to repent and ask God to humble your foolish pride.

You see, the tendency (no that is too faint a description), rather, the attitude and “belief structure” of many (some of which remarkably include Christians) is that because no evidence has been found historically nor archeologically much of what is written in Daniel must be someone’s fictitious meddling four hundred years removed from when the actual writing happened, and only a “fool” [that would be us who believe every word of Daniel] would believe such nonsense. Those who disbelieve the events in the book of Daniel, (and sadly, we have not even reached the prophetic portion of the book which one would likely expect many to question even more so) show the very same characteristics of the very own king Nebuchadnezzar. In the preceding chapters of Daniel we have studied thus far, we have seen a king full of arrogant pride. Such pride blinded him into subjection but still, he resisted. Still, he disbelieved in the true God. If you thought God was silent on the subject of pride then please review the following Scriptures prior to our next blog.

Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.” (NASB)

Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” (ESV)

Proverbs 16:5, “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.” (NASB)

Proverbs 16:18-19, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (NASB)

Proverbs 21:24, “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.” (ESV)

Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.” (NASB)

aiah 2:17, “And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (ESV)

James 4:6, “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (NASB)

1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (NASB)