Today’s reading is: Dan. 4; 1 Chr. 8:29-9:1
Daniel Chapter Four
- Nebuchadnezzar endures another period of nightmares which his supernatural advisory board could not interpret (Dan. 4:1-7).
- Although now a believer, he failed to separate himself from the unbelievers around him (2nd Cor. 6:14-18).
- He returned to his unbelieving ways (2nd Pet. 2:20-22).
- After some time, Daniel came to Nebuchadnezzar about his dream (Dan. 4:8).
- Nebuchadnezzar did not want to hear from Daniel, and did not summon him.
- Nebuchadnezzar even related the dream to his supernatural advisory board, and only required them to give him the interpretation.
- Daniel provides both the description and the interpretation of the dream.
- Nebuchadnezzar’s dream consisted of a great tree (Dan. 4:10-12). The tree was chopped down and its stump was banded.
- An angelic watcher came down out of heaven and made the angelic pronouncement of the Divine judgment. עִיר ‘iyr #5894: wakeful one, watcher, angel (Aram. used only here: Dan. 4:13,17,23).
- Nebuchadnezzar was to be placed under Divine discipline. This discipline was to be instructive (Dan. 4:17) and corrective (Dan. 4:25-26). This is the discipline of a Father to a son (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:5-7).
- Nebuchadnezzar had the opportunity to repent & confess, but failed to do so (Dan. 4:27-28).
- For seven years Nebuchadnezzar lived as a beast, afterwards recognizing and submitting to the authority of the Most High God (Dan. 4:33-37).
First Chronicles Chapter Eight
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The line of Jeiel, including King Saul, Prince Jonathan, and their descendants (1st Chr. 8:29-40).