BOOK OF DANIEL – The Lesson of Pride

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The Lesson of Pride

If you read the Scriptures at the end of the last blog it would be apparent how God views pride. It is one of the most insidious sins a person can engage in and often because a person is so proud, they see nothing wrong with their elevated outlook. What many, if any, do not take into account is how pride is seen by God. To indicate the measure of the seriousness of pride, we should consider how this sin has affected all of us. We noted in Scripture that pride pulls a person down in God’s eyes and they are an abomination to Him. Satan and his demons are damned due to pride. Pride has damned an untold number of humans throughout the history of man. In fact, if we take it to its logical conclusion, we are all damned by pride due to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden until, of course, God provided His Son, Jesus Christ, as the way to escape such damnation by His sacrifice for our sins.

Why is pride so destructive, you may ask? Because it challenges God’s authority. It breaks His command that man is to have no other gods before Him. In the modern culture, a person can easily create their own gods. Ask a person if they are going to church on Sunday and many will mumble a sentence that they don’t have the time or they have something they have to do that is more important. Ask them if they are going to watch their football or soccer team play and they move everything out of the way to make sure they watch their idols, their little gods. Or it could be that a person has been promoted in a job several times and now has an “air” about how important they are. The company simply could not survive without them or, so they think. There are many other examples, but you get the point. Very few of us will ever have such an experience as leading a country, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar. In the context of the book of Daniel, we have said that it is not only a prophetic book but also an historical one, as to the Times of the Gentiles – That is, when God’s chosen nation, Israel, rebelled against the rightful rule of God, God began the timeline of the Times of the Gentile rule, specifically by four world powers namely, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Currently, in Daniel chapter four, we are still in the time period of Babylon’s rule. We have seen in the first three chapters how proud Nebuchadnezzar has been. Despite him being exposed to two events that proved the supremacy of the Most High God, he quickly forgot, or worse, ignored what God was clearly showing him. One Scripture we quoted in the last blog was James 4:6b which says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (NASB) In other words, God will fight against a person who shows pride but when they are humbled [and they will be] He gives them Grace. Daniel chapter four is a lesson on this very fact by the way it plays out personally with Nebuchadnezzar. But don’t assume this lesson God gave to Nebuchadnezzar is written simply as a history lesson about him. It has a message for you and me also. It’s a warning, if you will, that any one of us who attempts to ignore God is actually an enemy combatant to God Himself. He will fight you and there is only one conclusion in that fight. If it is God’s will, He will humble you and, by that humility, God gives that person His Grace. It is a picture perfect lesson of the love of God that, despite our resistance to Him in our puffed up prideful life, He is prepared to show His Grace toward those whom He sees fit to bestow it upon. Many people now long gone, along with at least three of the empires discussed in Daniel, were dealt with by God. Such persons, whether a king or pauper, who insisted on being proud have long since lost the opportunity of His Grace and await their eternal fate. I say all this because Daniel chapter four relates to both you, me and every man, woman and younger person who, sadly, decide to set up their own little worldly empires and, by doing so, ignore the rightful place of God as their sovereign Ruler in their lives. It is a defiance we all fight with. But it is a defiance that, if we allow it to take control of our lives, will cause us to end up fighting God Himself.

The foregoing is what Daniel chapter four is revealing to us. As a teaser, if you will, I leave you with this thought. The message contained in Daniel chapter four was written by none other than King Nebuchadnezzar himself. How can that be, you might ask. The Bible is the inspired word of God. How could a pagan king be part of the canon of Scripture? Those tantalizing questions will be answered in our next blog.