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Author: Kent Berghuis
The Humbling of a King Daniel 4 Main idea: Humility is being truly convinced that God is in control. I. The king has a dream--the great tree cut down (1-18). A. The theme introduced--God is sovereign (1-3). B. The failure of the astrologers (4-8). C. The greatness of the tree (9-12). D. The judgment of the tree (13-18). II. Daniel interprets the dream--the proud king will be humbled (19-27). A. The king's glory (19-22). B. The king's judgment (23-26). C. Daniel's advice (27). --How do you view yourself? Think you're a safe driver? --Who, or what, is at the center of your universe? III. The dream fulfilled--heaven judges the king's pride with madness (28-37). A. The madness (28-33). 1. Nebuchadnezzar revels in pride (28-30). --note the suddenness of the event. 2. Heaven judges Nebuchadnezzar (31-32). 3. Nebuchadnezzar goes mad (33). --RK Harrison recounts such a case he observed. B. The restoration (34-38). 1. Nebuchadnezzar recognizes heaven's rule (34-35). 2. Nebuchadnezzar receives his restored kingdom (36). 3. Nebuchadnezzar summarizes his lesson (37). Conclusion: If we were truly convinced God is in control, how would life be different? "Others May, You Cannot."