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September 29, 2022 4:00 am
Welcome to the Monday edition of The Encouraging Word teaching the Bible dates preaching at Dr. Don Wilton this week were gaining insight to this method, sleepless in Judah. As we open our hearts and minds know they were opening the phone line as well. 866-899-WORD we would love to pray with you 24 seven. We are here for you.no that there are a lot of people who are under attack.
It's hard to put it any other kind of way. I just think that in America today that Satan is to get gaunt people and and that many of God's people are coming under increasing attack. Now folks I want to say this to you… Very apropos to the study in the book of Daniel, the more you stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The more you going to come under attack, and if you make a decision not to file yourself for the food from the Kings table. You going to come under attack you going to come under attack physically, mentally, verbally, practically, and I want to say this to the congregation. Sometimes that attack is going to come from the most unlikely source come from places where you least expect it, the timeless truths is the fact that God is the one who enables us to overcome and be able to stand up and withstand and to be encouraged in our hearts.
Despite these things that come upon us. I believe that parents are coming under attack. I believe teenagers all coming under increasing attack business people who love the Lord and who serve the Lord are coming on the tech businesses are coming under attack and and and everything about you. Your hose this nation is under attack at the moment and there's a sense in which we say will that's always been true. Yes, of course, it's always been true, but I have sensed in my heart as I as I have the privilege of being in homes meeting wonderful people you can you can just sense that this is a time when we rally together around the word of God in the spirit of God and we we uplift one another and we uphold one another by the mind to empower God's Spirit in the inner man. I'm I have to be careful what I say when I say things like this. I have a sense in my heart.
Sometimes as though as though something big is going to be happening and you say to me, will foster walked I don't know and I don't know that it's anything of any significance, but I feel as though God is preparing our hearts and we need to be ready for that we need to be ready all the time God has blessed us in so many different ways. One of the things that I love about this study in the book of Daniel is that we all being confronted by a remarkable standard and I refer constantly back to chapter 1 verse eight Daniel resolved. He made a decision not to defile himself with the royal food and wine. He made the decision he did something that was definitive.
He took a stand now. I want us to be in Daniel chapter 2 and II do need us to redirect. I want to say to you that there is a sense in which we might also question why reread some of these passages I don't think we could read read these passages enough times so I do want to read this Daniel chapter 2 in the second year of his reign. Nebuchadnezzar had dreams. His mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians in Trenton, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed when they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, I've had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means. Then the astrologers on Subic King in Aramaic. Remember that was the language of the Gentile court came out of the Babylonian court cannot just say something here for a minute. These thoughts suddenly come to my mind when I look at some of these things and I haven't thought of them before. Not only did King Nebuchadnezzar try to give Daniel Shadrach me shack and Abednego to become like them. But he even changed the language to suit the language of the court of the Babylonian folks. I have even heard people say in today's world we need to change the language of the church in order to make things more comfortable for the world.
It comes in very succulent folders.
There is a commander's movement today in America to make the church conform to the world to change things.
I'm not talking about being a church that would seek to reach out and be on the cutting edge. I'm not against contemporary worship service. I believe that we need to be with the people all but the message of the gospel must never try the word of God never changes well. In verse four, then the astrologers on Subic King in Aramaic king live forever. Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret and so it is that we go through this tremendous struggle that took place between the king and his counselors. Let's go all the way down to verse 10, the astrologers on Subic King. There is not a man on earth who can do what the king all. Needless to say, no king, however great and mighty has ever such a thing of any magician or encounter or astrologer what the king also is too difficult.
No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, small dream, what dramatic spiritual irony and they do not live among them. This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise man of Babylon.
So the decree was issued to put the wise man today and the man was sent to look for Daniel and me screens to put them today when I read Dr. Kaman are the kings God had gone out to put to death. The wise men of Babylon. Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tax that by the way we going to try to understand why he did that.
I believe that there is a definitive way in which Christians respond to what is going on foci. I believe that even in America today over the sparse deer with all the traumatic stop that is been going on on the political scene that there is a way in which Christians need to respond going to say to you that the way in which some Christians have responded have done far more damage to the kingdom of God, then anything else.
We'll talk about that verse 15 he lost the Kings officer. Why did the king issue such a harsh decree. Then explain the matter to Daniel at this Daniel went into the kingdom lost for time so that he might interpret the dream for him. Then Daniel returned to his house and explain the matter to sprains Hannah Naomi sial and Azariah urge them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that hear me screens might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon now cloaks the key verse in the whole of chapter 2 is right.
He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven. During the night the mystery was revealed Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven, and said praise be to the name of God forever and ever. Wisdom and power on his he change times and seasons, he sets up kings and opposes them and I just repeat that spike, we heading somewhere here folks, could we just look at this again.
Maybe some of us to live couldn't quite hear what God's word says. Praise be to the name of God forever and forever.
Wisdom and power on his he changes times and seasons, he sets up kings and opposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things he knows what lies in darkness and light goes with him. I thank and praise you oh God of my fathers, because you have given me wisdom and power. What is this are you telling me that God actually gives what God has for me and you have made known to me.
Daniel said what we lost and you have made known to us the dream of the king that just by the way, the king couldn't remember him so only the gods with a small G would be capable of being able to make these things not in verse 24. Then Daniel went to a realtor looking at appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, do not execute the wise men of Babylon take me to the King and I will interpret his dream for him.
So I took Daniel to the king at once and said I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream mean then the king also.
Daniel also called Delta shows all all you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret. Daniel replied no wise man. No inch onto no magician, no environment can explain to the kingdom mystery.
He has lost about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries while that'll preach he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the days to come. Your dream and the visions, the cost through your mind as you lay in bed all these as you were lying there okaying your mind turns to things to come, and the reveal of mysteries showed you what is going to happen, who's the revealer of mysteries that God himself as from the this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living man that so you okaying may know the interpretation and that you might understand what went through your mind that we not going to get into the interpretation that's another story altogether. I want to just remind you of something, and I'm going to discipline myself to be very quick because this is important. Why was it the God use the wicked king like Nebuchadnezzar to channel his mystery through. Is it possible that God could choose a wicked person or an ungodly person or a person who loves him but who is not living for him to be a channel of the will of God will I submit to you that yesterday's God did it here. I recommended and submitted to you last week that perhaps the reason God chose Nebuchadnezzar was that he didn't have anyone else to choose from. Now that's my least likely favorite but it is probably least.
It is probably most likely the reason why this happened. I don't know. We do know that the Jews and Judah went living for him. God was looking around for people. He had only if you like black Daniel and Shadrach me shack and Abednego to choose from baby. The second reason was that he had to prove these power we going to find want throughout the states that there was this parcel this tug-of-war that went on between the gods of them you could visit with her small G and the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God wanted to demonstrate his power.
Perhaps because Nebuchadnezzar was the first Gentile king at this rule is a letter to the Gentiles. Perhaps because God understood like we don't understand that when the team had problems and solutions.
Everybody had problems and solutions. God understood that if you want to get the attention of the nation work through the lead that's in the fourth place because of Nebuchadnezzar's geniuses pride in his ego. God views the what needed to be emphasized would be emphasized. But the bottom line is, no matter where we come to where we arrive related to the questions of Nebuchadnezzar's dream we do know that God had God's opportunity to review not only the commencement the beginning of prophecy not only the character of prophecy what it comprises of the course of prophecy.
But God channels to them. You could visit because he wants to use them to review the culmination of prophecy.
When is it all in. I went into a wonderful home the software to 430 young boy given his heart to the Lord Jesus armies mom and dad said to me, pasta our son gave his life to Jesus because we began to talk about things related to the book of revelation and prophecy, and he became very interested at a very young age, and it was a great grand thing to think about that.
We have a young man and young ladies in our church who come to love the Lord Jesus Christ, but they can stand up on a solid foundation that speaks not only the commands the character of the course, but the culmination of God's prophecy which basically announces that Jesus Christ would want incredible thing to think about. Forgive the interruption will be diving back in this study on Daniel in just a few moments, but Dr. Wilton insist I remind you we are here for you, whether it's keyboard to keyboard on our firstname.lastname@example.org taking your text by just texting words daily to 30500. You can sign up for daily email from… Something I greatly suggest were not fill your inbox with anything except God's word on a regular basis every single morning about 6 AM. Look at this word of encouragement Dr. Don again. You can sign up on our email@example.com rather just give us a call at 866899 word and request your copy again. The third way is just texting the word daily to 30500 all of those resources and descriptions are our website TW for The Encouraging Word tewonline.org for all the points of connection. After The Encouraging Word broadcasters over there still a wonderful place to connect 24 hours a day. It's The Encouraging Word.org. You can visit our message archives download Dr. Wilton sermons or sign up for our weekly podcast of favorite button on our website is the prayer request, but you can share a prayer request or personal need. You have a praise report or testimony. Let us know so we can rejoice with you as well. You can also sign up for our daily Bible guide and have devotion sent to your email every single day. After you have a question about your salvation perhaps questions about how to share your faith with a friend. Let us walk you through the steps to a personal relationship with Jesus and the ability to share that with others you're looking for a book from Dr. Wilton or maybe a CD or DVD. We have resources ready to send to you at the click of a button. No matter what the reason we help you connect with us today firstname.lastname@example.org. Pellets dive back into this study called sleepless and Judah part of our Daniel series with Dr. Don Wilton when you give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ run a winning team. Why did God use Nebuchadnezzar's dream is an opportunity to review the unfolding of prophecy because I believe it initiates the unfolding of God's drama for the ages because I believe it sparks the flame which is planned to burn the sovereign acts of a mighty God into the heart of generation Y did God use Nebuchadnezzar's dream to review his plan for the future because it provides a means whereby the involvement of a loving God in the affairs of mankind is signed, sealed and delivered because it sets in motion the actions of God that culminates in the thousand year reign of a loving Lord Jesus Christ who comes and returns for his own so I have entitled this whole section sleepless in Judah for Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar.
I don't believe had any idea that God was using him like this. This is a spiritual play written by God, and we find it in three parts through the Holy Spirit at one is Daniel chapter 2 verses 10 through 13 domain character in this first section is Nebuchadnezzar himself and the Scene Takes Pl. in Nebuchadnezzar's palace at his verse 14 through 23. The character involved is Daniel and the whole scene takes place in Daniel's cottage with Daniel Lou and then asked three from verses 24 to 30 is both Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel, and there are some minor participants, some supporting roles, but it takes place, not any of the guardhouse, but in the palace and so shall we have a spiritual play, a drama being presented in three acts with three-part acts one, two and three with definitive characters in definitive settings with a definitive message that God I believe wanted to give to us. Let's just have a look at this particular act. First of all in act one we looking at verses one through 13 want you to notice in the first place. The king's dream in verse one, three things that we can say about his dream.
God chose someone who had tremendous insecurity. I want to submit to you, and I'm not going to try to camp too much on each one of these areas, but insecurity becomes a bid for the action of God.
It seems to me somehow that when there is instability among leadership. It seems to me somehow that when those who have been given the privilege to lead nation find themselves morally and spiritually insecure that God moves in and uses them to get a message through to the people he wants to speak to now whether or not those people are listening is another matter altogether. Folks, we kinda discover what happens when people Douglas you say you would've thought that the people of Judah Joya Kim, king of Judah that these people would've known these things you remember back in the book of Deuteronomy. The Bible tells us that whenever the kings of Israel were elected David and Saul along on what I have to do that I have to write down the law of God in their own hand in their own script and I have to have that meal with them and I am not.
Why, because God wanted them to be reminded as the leaders as to exactly what their true moral and civic responsibility was. But, you know, despite the fact that all these kings wrote these things down in their own hand. They couldn't call only secretaries I could rely on their computers. They can fax this to anybody you receive an email in order to circumvent the situation, God sent out what you computers your faxes in your emails, your telephones will be present. Everything else in between some big boy you may be kidding, you might be ruler you might be able to call the shots but because you are the king and I have appointed you. You will do this personally and wrap my law upon your heart but they wouldn't listen. You think by the time we get down to the book of Daniel that the Jewish people. The tribe of Israel had come to the point at which they were willing to say hey wait a minute, folks, God's trying to tell us something we need to listen so it is that time without number. We find them suffering under the consequences of their sin. This man king Nebuchadnezzar at this juncture.
This one who had invaded the rights of the sovereign people. This one who tried to interrupt the sovereign will of God. This one who tried to interest sees kingly and monarchial edicts into the face of the sovereign and a loving God, the King of Kings and Lord of lords. He became so insecure he was troubled. He thought he had the will in the palm of his hand. He had been elected by the people for the people he wanted to serve the people, but he didn't obey God and God and said listen, I'm going to use you my thinking to get a message through to my people, but I've only done on he notices insecurity but notices hostility. He was mad about this. This is a really had a problem with gauze and I mean it seems to me that every time we get to another place in the book of Daniel, and in the lofty career of King that he could visit this planet had the qualities every time he was confronted by the reality of the God of Abraham, the same he found his head momentarily and before we know where he has run to. He has once again become mad at God you cease to insecurity always leads to hostility hostility leads to the third component of his dream and that was his craving. He craved power. Everything about this dream centered around Nebuchadnezzar for that. I'd like you to just for example, go through the and circle every time the word is mentioned related to Nebuchadnezzar had the same problem, most of us are guarding the why of them. So powerful is the pastor there so much more power to come out of God's word.
The current perhaps the most shall God has spoken.
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