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Nebuchadnezzar’s Conversion

GOD HATES ARROGANCE

 

If there is one word that described Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar, it was ARROGANT.   God had to crush his pride, just as he has to crush the pride of every sinner before He can be saved and be fit to have fellowship with God and dwell in His presence.  In the last message we saw God making progress in the heart of King Nebuchadnezzar.

After casting Shadrack, Meschach and Abednego who refused to bow down and worship his golden image,  into the fiery furnace and seeing them walking alive with the Son of God in the midst of the fiery raging furnace, it’s an understatement to say he was impressed with their God.

The King went to the door of the furnace and invited them to come forth. They stepped forth unharmed, without even the smell of smoke on them, into the presence of Nebuchadnezzar with all his high officials witnessing the miracle.  Then he spoke,  “Blessed be the God of Shadrack, Meschach and Abednego, who hath sent His angel and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.  Therefore I make a decree that every people and nation and language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrack, Meschach and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God who can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meschach  and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”

Nebuchadnezzar is coming along in his understanding of God, but he still needs to be humbled.  In chapter four of Daniel, we read of his troubling dream.  Daniel reveals to him that he will be driven from his palace to the fields to eat grass as an ox.   

In Daniel 4:30 we see King Nebuchadnezzar walking through his glorious palace.  The king said to himself, ” Is not this great Babylon which I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of MY power and for the honor of MY majesty?”   That was enough!

While he yet spoke of his glory,  there came a voice from Heaven to him saying, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken, The Kingdom is departed from thee!”   God continued, announcing that he would be driven into the fields to live as cow or a donkey, eating grass.”

Even as God was speaking to him,  his officials forcibly drove him from his palace into the fields and for the next seven years, he lived and acted as an animal, eating grass as an ox. 

Let the proud beware. Many powerful men, or insignificant men who think they are powerful have made fools of themselves acting as asses, or shall I say more politely, acting as donkeys.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S CONVERSION

 

At the end of seven times, (seasons or years)  Nebuchadnezzar lifted up his eyes to God in Heaven and his understanding as a man returned to him. Listen carefully to what he said in Daniel 4:34-35 ” I blessed the Most High and I  praised and honored Him who liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him what doest Thou?

WHAT A TESTIMONY from the mouth and heart of the once proudest of kings!!  What did God do for Nebuchadnezzar?   Because he had shown absolute humility and recognition of God,  God restored him to his former office as Emperor of Babylon.

Listen now to Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony in the last verse of Daniel chapter 4.

“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those who walk in  pride He is able to abase!”

 

In that testimony I hear the voice of a man who had totally been humbled by God and recognized Him as Lord and Saviour.  I personally expect to meet Nebuchadnezzar in Heaven, as a regenerated, contrite sinner who has put His trust in the God of Heaven.  I look forward to spending time with him in Heaven and learning more about the grace of God in his life.

How about you?  Are you broken before God?  “A broken and a contrite  heart God will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17

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February 5, 2011 - Posted by | EZRA

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