Daniel: Pride and Prosperity: A Conversion Story

Daniel 4 reveals a fascinating conversion proclamation written by King Nebuchadnezzar. As Daniel recorded the events and prophecies of his life, I can imagine the king, peering over Daniel’s shoulder, saying, “Wait a minute, I have something to add to that . . .”

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“the great Babylon . . . ?” sketch9:18:2013.

In earlier chapters, the king seesawed between loyalty to God and selfish actions. So God, seeking to save, sent the king another dream. A familiar court scenario ensued: king dreams, advisers stumble and mumble, king calls Daniel, recognizing his spiritual gift of interpretation.

Daniel showed compassion as he told the king what the dream meant. Insanity loomed on the king’s horizon. Daniel then added some advice to negate the dream: he encouraged the king to turn from sin, do what is right, and be merciful to the poor.

king insane

“Drenched with the dew of heaven.” sketch9:18:2013.

Sadly, the king’s pride overturned the power of God in his life. One year after his dream, the king stood on his palace roof and proclaimed his “mighty power” and “majesty” had built a “great Babylon.” God allowed the king to experience the results of his choices. The dream’s prediction immediately took effect, and the king grazed like an animal for seven years.

The king’s story ended in hope. He acknowledged God with a humble spirit. With his sanity restored, he continued as Babylon’s ruler.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37 NIV)

king extol God

“His rule is everlasting and his kingdom is eternal.” sketch9:18:2013.

This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 4: Pride Cometh Before a Fall—a Self-fulfilling Prophecy, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.

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