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May 18, 2020 8:00 am
Today on the Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhart challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. See that's at joining us today on this additional fellowship in the work pastor Bill Gebhart Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Madrigal Museum.
Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhart now is once again he shows us how God's word. Our world is not Darius needs a person to take it over against the Babylonian gang are still in a pagan cult he still doing the same thing. King loves Darius loves him. Look at verse three it says, then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit and the king plan to appoint him over the entire kingdom.
Now the king is the same. This is not Darius he saying look how, but you're such an extraordinary young man of so many great gifts. I want to put you over the whole kingdom.
Now this is a political decision by the way, you know how politics work. You see the news you know how this works with politicians. Watch what happens next. Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to the government affairs, but they could find no run of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
The view of the other satraps and commissioners. We gotta get this guy sees going to get all the power and control.
We gotta get so they come up with a plan and notice they said we should not find any grant of accusation against Daniel MS, we find it against him with regard to the law. This God.
What does that tell you they all know by Daniel is a believer. No one has to be suspicious even enemies know that's it.
I know his relationship to his God. He stands for his relationship to his God. So verse six they commissioners and satraps came by agreement of the king, and he spoke to him as follows King Darius live forever. All the commissioners of the kingdom, and the prefetch and satraps in the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish the statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any God or man beside you okaying for 30 days shall be cast in the lines that that's the kind words.
King's love. You see, everybody is going to have to pray to you, and most the king saw themselves as DD in an ancient history so that everyone's going to have to pray to you a great Darius and various other that's a really good idea.
I think that's wonderful route. He then says now okaying in verse eight he says establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked. Therefore, King Darius signed the document that it's an injunction.
So the word goes out. If you paid any other god other than Darius you going alliance that you know what kind of effect that had on Daniel nine. Absolutely zero. Because of his conviction that his was interesting for you and I get so you know why have convictions to. I could pray and pray in private right I mean you can pray in your chariot. You see, I mean you can pray on the roof for your help. You play anywhere you want.
No one has to know you're praying you never know. Daniel doesn't think like what way does it said now Daniel knew that the document was signed. He entered his house now in the roof chamber. He had windows open toward Jerusalem. Leave the windows open. He certainly continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying, and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously and then these men came by agreement and find Daniel making petition supplication is always pray to my God, I always pray facing Jerusalem is my home. Nothing's changed the way many successfully lines that you have a great career. You see you you think of his career. He's the number two man. He would be the chief operating officer of the Persian Empire, no, what happens when somebody in your company offers you a big opportunity but you just have to compromise your faith, but it's a great opportunity to see what you do if you were your convictions. How will you stand in that dangle so that will change me at all. Now obviously the lines then means this cost me my life. I'm okay with that route, they approach the game spoke to the king about the king's injunction did not you sign an injunction in any manner makes a petition to any God or man beside you, okaying for 30 days is to be cast into the lines. Then the king replied the statement is true according the law, the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked. Then they answered and spoke to the king and said Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah pays no attention to you okaying or to an injunction which you signed the keeps praying his petition three times a day. Gotcha see their playing as we gotta wheat we work we we massage Darius and now we got Daniel known then as soon as the king heard the statement he was deeply distressed and he said his mind on delivering Daniel and even until sunset. He kept exerting himself the rescue.
He knew God had you loved Daniel the biggest reason he loved Daniel his Daniel made him a better king.
That's a Daniel did what I meant to lose this incredibly gifted young man said he would been so good for me because he sky strictly then these men came to an agreement to the king and said the king recognize okaying that the law of the medium Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed and then the king gave orders and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions den notice. The king spoke to Daniel love this. Think of a thing to be respected. Daniel's God, your God, whom you constantly serve will himself delivery. There is an unbeliever.
He just said I just know the favor in which you live among us. If God wants delivery will see in a moment what that could mean.
Once again Daniel has no idea what's about to happen to his no idea, but he stands on his own convictions. He has his own conscience, he draws a line and says I am very important in this culture that I will not step over this line will be no compromise with spiritual principles that describe you. You see in that world is that describe you or you do the rationale in your mind.
Look, if you want. This is the real world what a good head reward you got act like they act innocent. No, I don't I don't have to act that way. One more story back to chapter 3 and Daniel's friends. Chapter 3 verse six as you pick it up in verse four, Mr. Shadrach me shack and Abednego once again you know the story, then the herald loudly proclaimed to you the command is given, all peoples, nations, men of everything that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, the flu, the liar, the tribe in the psaltery, the bagpipe and all kinds of music you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up and whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast in the midst of a furnace of blazing fire know as I said earlier, Nebuchadnezzar's in egomaniac, he built a 90 foot statue of himself again nine stories in our world. That's a big statute, he said, and everybody evicting assemble, and I want you to just all fall down and worship me. So I want to do. Now if you were in the crowd and every hundreds, maybe thousands in the crowd mojo temptation and once a matter fivefold matter if I just fell down like everybody else and when I got up I got up don't know difference that's over the din infected into it all. They wouldn't fall down verse eight. For this reason, at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews and they responded and said the Nebuchadnezzar okaying the forever the same buttering up phrase he says you okaying made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn the flu the lot of the trigon assaulting the bagpipe and all kinds of music is to fall down and worship the golden image, but whoever does not fall down and worship be cast in the midst of the furnace. There are certain Jews. He said whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach me shack and Abednego these men looking at disregarding you they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up got them the same way. Now it's interesting this Nebuchadnezzar gets a little bit mad yes and if it's true based they say it certainly is an epic number 16 Shadrach me shack and Abednego replied to the king and said no Nebuchadnezzar we do not need to give you an answer concerning this is like speak to me there's nothing to speak about her.
There's no dialogue and we need to have when I can worship is that simple to us. It says if it be so our God whom we serve. The watch is able to deliver us is able says from the furnace and blazing fire know what's this part, he will deliver us out of your hands. Okay he might deliver us out of the furnace, but he will deliver cider your you see from our point of view this is win-win. We might be delivered the first we will be delivered to your presence. Either way will be fine.
But even if he does not let it be known to you okaying that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. Then you known me.
Nebuchadnezzar is filled with wrath. You know how that works. I heats it up seven times. He said he commanded in verse 20 valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach me shack in a beam go in order to cast them into the first of the blazing fire. These men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps and their other close I can imagine what they look like I did try the Line.
I mean you just put it under the chin and then you know they're just all bound up and it is said this home in a fire and we know what happened, they were delivered. That's an amazing story. There was 1/4 when the fire with them. It was the Lord. You see, in all these incidents, these Hebrew you teach us something about living in a pagan world. I will stand by my own convictions. I do everything I can to make this world a better place.
I won't compromise. I stand my convictions never whined about this is my opinion so often among Christians today.
That's pretty much all we hear it so bad out there is just so bad.
It's just so terrible never said a word about they just look for the betterment of the whole place in the state of their own convictions using that's a good thing.
A very important part for you and I to learn, I see four principles that they give us that are helpful for us.
The first one is, we must always see God not Marmaduke Martic is the Babylonian god everyone of Babylon, said he won.
He beat Yahweh how do you know what we got all the always stuffy or ransacked Jerusalem and the temple right here. You look at it we would the means Martic is greater than your God. But that's not what they saw. You see, they saw something else infected to go back to chapter 1 and verse two.
Daniel tells his perspective. It first two says this. The Lord gave Jehoiada came king of Judah into his hand along with some of the vessels of the house of God, and he brought them to the land of Shinar in the house of his God and he brought the vessels in the treasury of his God dangles you.
The only reason that you want as the Lord gave our king to you.
He gave our vessels. You see, that's the perspective it was the Lord who did this. That's how Daniel and his friends ought. Ed Stetzer wrote this he said the world's ill legal rebellion is illegitimate. It certainly feels relevant course is real but it doesn't change the reality that God is the ruler of everything though people may think that they have rebelled.
They have not and cannot ultimately escape the fact that Jesus is still sovereign only need understand that his people, Lord, stillness, phone. I'm always amazed the seller sent me a text or some it's a boy. This is so alarming.
This is so alarming and you want to respond every text and say maybe, but the Lord still on the throne. He still right there is not gone anywhere. When lots are, says God is sovereign.
Internationally, he is the God of the nations. He is also sovereign personally.
Indeed, the hairs on our head are numbered. If all that we can see is our defeats is Marduk or Satan, we be discouraged. Let us be assured that if Satan ever does when it's only by God sovereign decree.
What appears to be a satanic victory is in reality just a huge eternal defeat, either because of our feelings are because of God's hidden purposes. We are here by God's divine will.
That's why we can face the present dilemmas with confidence in triumph.
If we see God in humility and repentance we can count on his favor. We don't hang our heads in shame. In this culture. Rather, we should lift our heads up in triumph. Marduk is always a loser price range is anger perspective.
You see, when you think of the culture at there's how you see this because you should, we must see God not Marmaduke. We must distinguish association with and participation in we must associate with.
You see, that's what they had, but they don't participate in it. Those young men had minds where they said I don't step over. I want do business that way. You see, I won't. I'll do the best I can for you. I give you all that I have for you, but I will not take your values and make the mind, we must distinguish that we must have deep personal convictions.
The great statement by Martin Luther. He said here I stand I can do no other to go against conscience is neither right nor safe with her new with Acosta. In fact, Charles V said anyone who finds Luther and kills him can kill him without any reprisal in a death sentence on them.
Luther said I'm standing writer. This is where I stand, see where your convictions where you stand on. They won't let us share our faith anymore. Hello Josť, ensure your faith, we've always share our faith, they will likely serve anymore. See think the teachers no such thing as truth anymore and you believe in the truth mother while standing up in the truth that they don't accept biblical site sexuality. Okay, fine. How about you see you can stand for that. I can remember reading things only back in the 1980s and hasn't happened yet but they said things like that. Assume that a control whether you can say certain things from the pulpit how they do that how do they ever do that say you can speak the word of God from the pulpit. Now you may think, would there be consequences to it, sure, but what set me with this change.
That should change anything I want. I will preach the Bible because they don't like it. I will still keep preaching the Bible and if they don't like it that's a choice they have to make. You see, that's the whole point of being sick make an impact in the culture in which we find ourselves, we must commit what I would pay to a radical obedience and absolutely radical obedience.
That's with these men had God put them in Babylon for two reasons. One, he won the humble nation because they were idolaters and they wouldn't listen to the prophets of God, and he kept warning them if you keep this up unless I need a battle but there's another reason to send the Babylon he sent them the Babylon to be lights in a dark culture. That's why you sent them.
That's why he was so blessed Daniel and Shadrach me shack and Abednego I want you to be lights in the cultural what you find yourself the darker the culture the brighter the light that requires an obedience from us. We have an opportunity in America as believers to let our light shine in the way that other believers have never had an America. The culture is getting darker every day. This is an opportunity that we have to let it shine. The culture may be getting worse but the Lord still on the throne. He has moved to the color of say in closing, wrote this, he said, Christian should be humbled before the new pagan pluralistic situation.
Just as with the exiles.
The situation is due in large part, our own feelings. The church did not lose his position a privilege simply because the enemies I store faith. We lost our position as part of God's judgment on our pride are hypocrisy our love of power are prejudice our bigotry and our failure to hold one of the truth, and always this is the way God gets his people's attention. We must be far harder ourselves and gracious, humble repentance and we are one in unbelieving culture around us.
That was a major lesson for the exiles and for us. Our first response should be repentance. We should be very understanding for people who have failed to believe in Christ because of the weakness of the church's testimony. A lot of what is happening in our culture today be made may be more our own fault than any of us are willing to admit. I would say this I don't want to point fingers from my view is let's embrace the challenge that we have before us, and of all the different quotes. Maybe this is the best one for us living in a pagan culture. If God be for us, who could be against us. That's the way we have to live our lives the spring fathers we see our culture declining for many of us it seems the strike terror in us were so afraid of what's happening in the culture father. It's always been like that all the way back to the time of Daniel was like that nearly church like that in the Middle Ages, there's always been a culture that is antichrist. I think your father for the graciousness that we've had in the American culture and in the freedom that we've had to be able to share our faith with the times he just might be changing.
And if they are, that doesn't change our responsibility at all.
We are to be salt and light in this world we are equipped to do so by your spirit, your word and your people. We are to be diligent about serving you in this culture the darker the culture gets, the more it will reap what it is sown, the greater the hurt will be for them and the greater the opportunity for us to offer up to them what every culture needs to change. That is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Father I pray that we have spiritual backbone.
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