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Daniel 4

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."


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