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Daniel 4:28-33

Daniel 4:28-33

New King James Version (NKJV)


Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

My Thoughts:

Nebuchadnezzar did not take to heart Daniels warning, after 12 months the king said “Is not this great Babylon that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” although he knew God he did not have God written in his heart and he allowed his pride to get the best of him.

The thing is (v. 31) says “While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven” the palaces that the king had built were famous among the Seven Wonders of the World. He had lead campaigns thought out the known world and each had fallen to his armies.

It is said that there were no fewer than 53 temples, 955 small sanctuaries, and 384 street alters. Babylon was truly a religious kingdom, but even with all that Nebuchadnezzar failed to see that God had given all these things to him. His pride lead him to say look what I have done.

Ellen White Statements:

“For a time the impression of the warning and the counsel of the prophet was strong upon Nebuchadnezzar; but the heart that is not transformed by the grace of God soon loses the impressions of the Holy Spirit. Self-indulgence and ambition had not yet been eradicated from the king’s heart, and later on these traits reappeared. Notwithstanding the instruction so graciously given him, and the warnings of past experience, Nebuchadnezzar again allowed himself to be controlled by a spirit of jealousy against the kingdoms that were to follow. His rule, which heretofore had been to a great degree just and merciful, became oppressive. Hardening his heart, he used his God-given talents for self-glorification, exalting himself above the God who had given him life and power.

For months the judgment of God lingered. But instead of being led to repentance by this forbearance, the king indulged his pride until he lost confidence in the interpretation of the dream, and jested at his former fears.

A year from the time he had received the warning, Nebuchadnezzar, walking in his palace and thinking with pride of his power as a ruler and of his success as a builder, exclaimed, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?”

While the proud boast was yet on the king’s lips, a voice from heaven announced that God’s appointed time of judgment had come. Upon his ears fell the mandate of Jehovah: “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.”

In a moment the reason that God had given him was taken away; the judgment that the king thought perfect, the wisdom on which he prided himself, was removed, and the once mighty ruler was a maniac. His hand could no longer sway the scepter. The messages of warning had been unheeded; now, stripped of the power his Creator had given him, and driven from men, Nebuchadnezzar “did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.” {PK 519, 520}

Last thoughts:      

I know I used this illustration in one of my comment replies but I like it so much I wanted to make sure people got to read it.

There was a bodybuilder on a late-night talk show the host asked the weight lifter if he would show off his muscles to the audience. With a big grin on his face, the bodybuilder faced the audience and cameras, flexing his muscles. “Boy,” the host said, “you sure do have big muscles. What do you use all of those muscles for?” The bodybuilder didn’t answer, but continued to flex and smile at the audience.

Again the host asked, “What do you use those muscles for?” Still grinning, the muscleman remained silent and continued to show off. The answer was obvious. He didn’t use his muscles to do any useful work, but only to glorify himself.

In this case it is easy to identify his Virus of Pride

To many times we glorify ourselves in many different ways. We can use our looks, intelligence, job status, and personal accomplishments to glorify ourselves. We can even use our spiritual gifts and ministries to exalt ourselves instead of the God who gave us those gifts. And in his 3rd letter John address this issue by Identifying the Virus.


About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Daniel 4:28-33

  1. Rosi
    November 12, 2011

    We as humans do as the king did all the time. When disaster hits in one form or another we heed the word of God. We call out for His help and we listen to His answer. We try to live as we know we should. Then as time moves on, we start to forget. The way we see things start to change. Like for instance you were told to quit eating sweets or you would develop diabetes and you pray and promise God you will change and then you research what God has to say about how we should eat. You are good for about a year but hey, you feel so good now. You must have licked this problem and so don’t you deserve a treat? Boom, you fall and before long you have diabetes and lose your legs(abit extreme, I know) God told you this would happen so now what. We have said it before but it bears repeating, Pride goeth before the fall.

    • bobh6
      November 12, 2011

      lol, I like your illustration

    • Amalia Mullen
      November 13, 2011

      Funny but true and all to sad when it really happens. A whole year passed and he must of thought he was in the clear. We have to be careful not to lean on our own understanding. We see how the fear of God is the begining of wisdom and knowledge. Even as the words were still pouring our of his mouth God passed judgement. The issues of the heart are judged, and we see here what’s in the heart shows itself in our words or actions. They make the judgement clear to spectatures and seal our very destiny. But thank God that while we live we have the choice to repent, change our hearts and paths. God is patient with us and works to teach us these lessons and offers us ample opportunities to understand do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord. How beatiful that even in such an obvious displeasure and punishment with us, God still extends His mercy.

      • bobh6
        November 13, 2011

        I agree, His love for us is unmatched.

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