Who is My Neighbor?
Daniel And King Nebuchadnezzar
Sunday June 30th, 2019 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui
Daniel 4

Central Idea: God is sovereign over all men, including the king.
How do you tell powerful people that Jesus loves them? What do you do when your neighbors are powerful people?
We will study the life of Daniel and his friends, and learn God's way of reaching even the most powerful people.

Content: What does the Bible say? Read Daniel 4.

Christ-Centered Goal: People will experience the real love of God just like King Nebuchadnezzar did.

"Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down." (Daniel 4:37).

Dare To Stand Firm

  1. Daniel purposed in his heart (Daniel 1:8-12). Take care of your spiritual depth.
  2. God promoted Daniel and he was ten times better than others (Daniel 1:20). God will take care of the spiritual height.

Dare To Stand Up For Others

  1. Daniel trusted in God who reveals secrets (Daniel 2:18). Seek mercy for others.?
  2. Nebuchadnezzar worshipped the living God (Daniel 2:46-47). God is merciful.

Dare To Stand For The Truth

  1. Daniel's friends stood for what they believed (Daniel 3:14). God will deliver.
  2. Nebuchadnezzar blessed the living God (Daniel 3:28). God delivered.

Dare To Stand Alone

  1. Daniel asked the King to seek righteousness and have mercy on others (Daniel 4:27). God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar.
  2. King Nebuchadnezzar praised and honored the living God (Daniel 4:34-37).

Dare To Love And Be Loved

"And he said to me, 'O Daniel, man greatly beloved'" (Daniel 10:1).
When you are not afraid to obtain the full assurance and sense of divine love, you will love courageously.

When you are not afraid to own that God loves you, you will love others generously.

Cross References: Other Biblical Text

  • 1. Nebuchadnezzar's first dream (Daniel 2)
  • 2. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges Daniel's God (Daniel 2:47)
  • 3. Nebuchadnezzar's second dream (Daniel 4)
  • 4. God referred to Nebuchadnezzar as His servant three times (Jeremiah 25:9; 27:6; 43:10)

Context: Why is the life of Daniel important?

  • 1. Daniel and his friends were taken into captivity (Daniel 1)
  • 2. Daniel and his friends were commanded to worship Nebuchadnezzar's statue (Daniel 3)
  • 3. Nebuchadnezzar was driven insane for seven years (Daniel 4).
  • 4. Nebuchadnezzar was restored (Daniel 4).

Conviction: How did the life of Daniel impacted you?

  • 1. What did you discover about God's sovereignty?
  • 2. What did you discover about Nebuchadnezzar's humility?

Commitment: What should I do now?

  • 1. Consider how Nebuchadnezzar became a believer in God
  • 2. Consider Daniel's faithfulness
  • 3. God's sovereignty is over all men, including the king
  • 4. "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will." (Proverbs 21:1)