Grace: God's Grace to Nebuchadnezzar

Jan 19, 2014
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God's Grace to Nebuchadnezzar

The king of Babylon was an idolator. And just as God sent Jonah to Ninevah, he sent Daniel to king Nebuchadnezzar. But Daniel went willingly and not only so, he cared about the king. Much like many people in power or rich, Nebuchadnezzar attributed his success to himself, which was the sin of pride.
Daniel interpreted a dream God gave the king saying, "This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue." Dan 4:23-27

God graciously gave him a whole year to repent. But he neglected to do so, finally saying, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times (years) will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes." Dan 4:30-32

But after 7 years of punishment this pagan king declared, "I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth." Dan 4:34,35

If God can do that with such a person, maybe he can do likewise for your unbelieving friends or relatives.


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