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June 29, 2020 7:48 pm
Good morning my name is Bobby Wood on the teaching pastor, your redemption church and we are glad to have you guys here with us were continuing in our series in the book of Daniel called upstream, and I'm so glad and thankful were in the middle of this book because I feel like again with our world being where it is at this point it has a lot to say to us in the speak to us how we should be as followers of Jesus and how we should respond to a world that is literally upside down. So as we walk through this this morning turned by was a Daniel chapter 2. As you're turning their's had a crazy dream I mean just one of those off-the-wall dreams that is just so weird so strange that you like what in the world just happened. Maybe you're thinking like this is significant.
Does this mean something. I'll tell you know the weirdest dream of ever had in my life when I was 12 years old. I dreamed that in my room was a gigantic meatball and this meatball was talking to me and this meatball was possessed.
It was talking to me and I was like why is meatball talking to me and have a conversation with his meatball right now. I can dreams like anything goes and it's all okay. In the dream and make sense in your dream then you wake up and I'm like what in the world just happened like what have a dream about a meatball or realizing or maybe had to meet Twinkies the night before past 11 probably shouldn't do that again. Too much pizza never do that right because you never know what kind of dreams are going to have some of us like we go will. Maybe this means something of a specific dreamer. You have a recurring dream your head like the same dream over and over and over again what the world does that mean today were to talk about a dream that a king has a king over Babylon, which at the time was the biggest Empire in the in the known world and this king has a dream that literally is probably as a building to kill a lot.
Dream has the power to kill a lot of people out about you. I never had a dream that intense words maybe want to do that. But this one had this dream that's also going to kill these four guys Daniel and Anaya Michelle and Azariah, now bring context to where were at today in the text, Daniel and his three friends or exiles in Babylon. They were kidnapped they were taken as slaves thrown in the middle of Babylon, all kinds and are terrible things happen to them and now they're in a three-year indoctrination program to become leaders to become wise men in Babylon and in their to be indoctrinated to route the culture Babylon to worship the gods of Babylon to do all the things the Babylonians do and yet the one thing that Daniel and his friends do in the middle of this exile is they keep their faith, their faith is strong, and they show us how we live out our faith in a world that has values that are increasingly different than ours.
As followers of Jesus.
So we read the book we are reading how we should be as followers of Jesus, we can follow the examples here we can see how the exiles lived out their lives in it ultimately see bigger picture how God preserved Israel how God had great things for Israel. Even in the midst of exile and as followers of Jesus.
Today we don't wring our hands over the nature of her culture is we worship the King of Kings and Lord of lords, and he is victorious he is sovereign. He's amazing. But there are times in life that in the middle of those that are going to face situations like Daniel did. That may seem like their impossible situations situations.
I'm not talking about you know situations. Maybe we caused by bad decisions or sinful actions. But I'm talking about. Sometimes there are things that happen to us that are outside of our control is happen to be wrong place wrong time may just think about Christians in various countries were war ravages their country and their face with all sorts of terror terrible things happen as a result, God cares about what happens there is not left them is not forsaken them.
There are times in our lives, we will face impossible situations are outside of our control.
But here's the one thing if you don't think anything else in the sermon that true faith is displayed when you're faced in impossible situations. True faith is displayed when you're faced with the possible situations. God likes to put us in places where we are outnumbered we are overpowered we are outgunned by everything around us to show us and help us remember that he is in control.
He is sovereign. He is God and he's gonna bring it all out according to his glory and his goodness all throughout the Old Testament. You see time and time again guys like Gideon who make. They had an army of 30,000 people live in the hundred thousand people. God says no Gideon, your 30,000 people are too big, let's drop this down to 300 and now working to fight the Midianites 300% hundred thousand.
No mathematician, but that doesn't seem like it's gonna work in God brings a great victory. God does that over and over and over again to humble mankind and help us realize that we are inadequate. We are weak and we need Jesus. He put points us there so that we remember how great God is and who we depend on every single day. So we talk about a possible situations. What is your faith go is your faith, the God of gods only God the King of Kings and Lord of lords, or is your faith in your own ability your own power, maybe 12 possessions, your own giftedness, your strengths, that the perception of other people that they have about you and you start trying worry of all these different things.
Those are idols, not may not be idols made of wood and stone in gold and silver, but there still idols, their false gods. It can't deliver us. They have no power. They have no ability there created by us there fashioned by us anything that I create and I fashion and I would then trust that to get me out of trouble this thing, but I'm in trouble. But I created this thing and other things going get me out of trouble. He doesn't make any sense God is uncreated between us. He's the ultimate one that we look to what is your faith, and when you face impossible's relations is looking Daniel chapter 2 we got to read through the story here and Edward and he can explain itself. Daniel chapter 2 were to go all the way down to verse 30 in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had dreams, his spirit was troubled in his sleep left him. Then the king commanded that the magicians the enchanters the sorcerers and the child deviance be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king and the king said I had a dream in my spirit stroke know the dream and the chubby and said to the king in Aramaic. Oh king live forever.
Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation. The king answered and said to the child. The ends the work for me is firm. If you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation. You shall be torn limb from limb in your house it shall be laid in ruins. But if you show the dream and its interpretation. You shall receive for me gifts and rewards in great honor.
Therefore, show me the dream and its interpretation the answer second time and said, let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation. King answered and said I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time because you see that the word for me is firm. If you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you, you have read to speak, lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore, tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation which audience answer the king and said there is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter child. The thing that the king asks is difficult and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. Because of this thing was angry and very furious, commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. So the decree went out in the wise men were about to be killed. They sought Daniel and his companions to kill them.
Daniel replied with prudence, and discretion to area the captain of the King's guard would gone out to kill the wise and about one he declared to area the king's captain wise.
The decree of the king so urgent. The Marriott made the matter known to Daniel and Daniel went in and requested the King to appoint him a time that he might show interpretation to the king. Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hannah Anaya, Michelle and Azariah, his companions told him to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise in a Babylon then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night.
Then Daniel bless the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to who belong wisdom in my changes times and seasons, he removes kings and sets up kings gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge. Those who have understanding reveals deep and hidden things he knows what is in the darkness and the light was with him to you, O God of my fathers.
I give thanks and praise for you have given me wisdom and might and now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter. Therefore, Daniel went into areata and the king had appointed to destroy the Wiseman of Babylon. They went and said, thus to him. Do not destroy the Wiseman of Babylon bring me in before the king and I will show the king, its interpretation then areata brought in Daniel before the king.
In haste said this to him. I have found among the exiles from Judah, a man who will make known to the king the interpretation. The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belshazzar. Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen in its interpretation. Daniel answer the king and said no Wiseman enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king. The mystery that the king is asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.
Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay them better these two you will king as you lay in bed, came thoughts of what will be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be but as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living.
But in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king that you may know the thoughts of your mind, so this is pretty clearly in a possible situation.
Daniel and his four friends in teenage boys living in the middle of Babylon and is king, King Nebuchadnezzar is the most powerful man in the entire world this king has his dream and keep them up at night we can go sleep is wakes up is not cold sweats.
What's the street it's about. He's got some of the best and brightest minds in Babylon right there at his fingertips and they help him rule the kingdom he brings a man and he goes hey guys of had this dream tell me the dream, it somewhat means or a quick way way of looking you how this works. You know, you tell us the dream reinterpreted for you soon. Babylon, no astrology was a big thing they had dream interpretation of it is like a classic take probably a Babylon wanted things like go dream interpretation.
I'll take one opposing manuals and actually we we found evidence of Babylonian architecture literature that that show some of this focus on though, the way they would interpret dreams and astrology know that look at bars they would. It's okay to you tell me the dream, it was like of the manual was at Maine and the stars are aligning here that means this wanted to hear the king stream so they can tell him that meaning all this is a smart guy is like okay anybody can make up something right. Like I could go if you told me your dream I could come up with something and assess what your dream means it is making something out of my head right.
That doesn't mean that's what it actually means in these got good at that. They were gifted up, telling the king sometimes what he wanted to hear rather than what actually he needed to hear. So he smart and says you tell me what the dream is and you can tell me the interpretation some of the dream is that I know you actually know the meaning so the guys like King nobody can do that we can't only the gods can and they don't dwelling with human flesh, so kings like you're trying to buy time to relate to my anger cools down so not to kill all of you and then you can you know like back. Keep your life you know I'm firm.
I so Daniel and Sprint friends most probably had not finished this three year training course because they never got a chance to go before the king sober. Daniel hears about it from areata probably know the sky well.
The Bible says he's diligence and prudence is conversation. Dr. King's guard, and he says, aunt, just give me some time to me. Night go for the king. We talk to the king and appeal the king say let's go for the king, then toss the case if you got a night and I am not to kill you today to Daniel immediately goes to his friends, Hannah, not Sheila Nazirite is a guys you pray, pray with me. Pray with me that God would reveal this mystery to us in there. They're not assuming that second God will make the believe that he can and that he will but there like were asking God for begging I'll ask him to reveal this by his mercy he would not destroy us because he is merciful.
That night Dana goes home. What happens, God gives him the meaning of the dream and what the dream is goes before the king tells the king saves all these guys saves him no and you just like this and go. I mean like how in the world is that I don't understand the weight of that you understand Nebuchadnezzar again, as is the the king. This is like our government system today where if you don't like and ordered government makes me just appeal it would lobby it would protest was no protest in the Babylonian kingdom. The king would come out and he was just kill every that's the kind of authority that he had. He was also worshiped as God and he will find out later. He actually exalts his huge statue of himself and has people worship it. He wants people to see him as God to worship him is also when he gives up order don't question the king now to work for the king.
This is a very precarious position to be in because that means if the king doesn't like what you have to say your dad Daniel goes before the king any heat asked appeals on their behalf thing we think about impossible situations.
Again, there times when we have faced her back up against the wall will see problems outside so big, so huge, even if would become a follower of Jesus.
The sin problem that we face that that we need Jesus to save us is more than we can handle. Some people go will know I can do that would be a good person.
I can fix my San. I can correct that I can be.
Live a righteous life. I can fix this. It's beyond your be able to fix.
We cannot sit we see the problems around us in the world you flip on the news. You go man this is so huge all these things are happening all around me there so big I can't fix it. You can't solve it. There's not a human being out there that goes okay unless all this today.
Here's my plan and here's out to work.
Let's enact this legislation. Problem solved world peace is all over what happened because the sinfulness and problems with her own our own hearts and the only solution. The only answer is Jesus. We arrange our kids up the book of Chronicles of Narnia lion, the witch and the wardrobe and and I love it that the picture of CS Lewis has Jesus and EH symbology symbol is a symbol energizes him with the lion Aslan and Aslan is noble Aslan is compassionate and he enacts he makes them think the kids all these different things. So if Edmund Edman has his hidden sin is been trying to hide. He really wants to become a king does let them know he sees Aslan as these struck with fear. You got Peter who brings boldness and Lucy and Susan and and seeing the lion makes him think all these different things that we see that the problems out there in the world what's going on. Ultimately, our trust is not in what's out there, but our trust is in the Jesus who saved us from her since who's dwelling is with flesh, the God of all creation came down to dwell with us in the incarnation he's with us is with us. He understands what it means to be human is a perfect type Easter suffered in the way we are just without sin and some we talk about God is and what he came to do. That's the God we serve Sumer time in impossible situations. How do we deal with those types of situations or think in this text receives three different ways we deal with impossible situations. The first is we operate with wisdom contact in verse 14. Go back there. This is an Daniel replied with prudence, and discretion to areata, the captain of the king's guard would gone out, kill Wiseman about we been recently watching the show alone and really like seven seasons of it.
We just discovered so it's awesome that it's I love watching, it's the take 10 guys or 10 people may drop them off in some remote area and they can get like 10 items.
Ms. have to survive so they gotta get their own food and shelter.
They got up make fire they gonna do all this and survive in whoever's the last one who doesn't tap out wins. So if you you hit this like a satellite location device. You can tap out once you do that out sober so like it's really interesting so that the first drop them off the number to be put misplacing majors bears there or there's converters or liens or wolverines may have all kinds. Different predators become Adam and it's funny because like someone will hear the bears and you could tell like never been in the woods.
Their entire life. Like the sum of these guys. I run wilderness schools and some of them are like what is the woods with the tree.
I don't know and they hear a bear, and they're done out. I think so funny that I can select psychoanalyze like who's going to stay is good to go. And it's funny because like that, they usually operate in one or two different ways. One is this like fear that causes them to run right.
The rigid quick tap out there gone the other one is at this flap they have to freak out all these things are going around to dislike Ono would like to do when my going to do, or one girl cut herself. This little tiny cut. She's thinking Ono to get tetanus and gangrene in my arms to be gone die. It's like just a tiny bit of blood coming off of her arm know she's took freaked out as it messes with you mentally as your out there by yourself. Nothing else around. Nothing else that they can help you there tested to their limits their push to. Therefore, the farthest and I think we also can operate the same way we fix with impossible situation.
Sometimes the less we run it for some of you gone through that you faced the impossible, and it's just like I can do this assignment pull up like a quit. I'm done. I'm just I can't do it and we quit and other times we just do the opposite. We freak out we lash out at the things going on around us in the world and and we go man this is so terrible and and we act like we don't have a God who created the entire universe by speaking it into existence. Both of those tracks are wrong seat, even in the culture today with all the culture wars that are happening, how you act as a follower of Jesus do we just lash out and get any the dumb arguments of people over stupid stupid things do we run away.
Go on now. I can't deal with this. I can't deal with this is just too much for me were to be the peace of Jesus guiding us and leaving us into the middle of the battle into the middle of the fire carrying the hope of the gospel to a world desperately needs it. Who do you fear if you're Aslan lined Christ Jesus, ultimate, or is it this other stuff in her life is itching watching that the fear that these guys face and fear. We also face Daniel doesn't show any of that. He may have had fear her. Well I'm sure facing the king of Babylon wasn't an easy thing to do but ultimately theme of the day. He knew Yahweh hot of all God's Lord of all lords and he trusted him. Secondly, we see here first thing that Daniel does after he talks areata asked his friends to pray, he asked his friends to pray about you, but sometimes when things go upside down.
My first response is not hey guys, keep pray for me. First thing I probably would do is internalize it and not tell anybody else what I'm dealing with in here because I think in my head I can solve this I can fix this. I can make it all work.
If I just try harder if I just work harder if I just if I just keep going and I can make this work.
Maybe that's work what you do if use, internalize and use go internalize and internalize maybe you have anxiety over these impossible situations in your letter. I know how to do some of it on what to do but I know I got it figured out to get figured out you ask your friends to pray for you or does this, he asked me other people pray makes you vulnerable because you're telling everybody else that you need help that you don't have it all together that you can't solve it on your own. You can't fix it on your own.
The solution there in sight. We know what God loves and that is that usually shows us our weakness or dependence upon God and also that he's given us other people. The body of Christ around us to come around us. Remember when my daughter Jen was diagnosed spina bifida and are your church family knew about it and I didn't want to make a huge deal about entering the time and was going on and there's a lot I was wrestling with mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and our church family said we want to pray for Caroline sector service.
One day we went upstairs in the second floor of the theater of the fill theater of forest in Washington and they pray for us. I can't begin to tell you how humbling that is to have people around you. Praying's like you who are we, like were not makes you feel so insignificant in the mostly dissident wrist problem like one of the pray for us and we have like churches reach out to a smear brought up the whole church in some state I didn't even know of, and there were like were praying for your daughter so humbling, so incredibly just like amazing to have people you don't even know. Praying for you. I think God is received here with Daniel's exiles rightly understood and likely we depend upon each other just put us together were here to help each other walk through this you ask other people pray for you and can we do that were trading our faith.
Our faith is an action. It's it.
I think sometimes you hear people say, well, prayer doesn't actually solve anything, you know that's just a copout like your senior prayer seemed to do that because you will actually deal with anything.
If we really believe that we are praying to the God of the universe who spoke it into existence was the king of kings and Lord of lords and is operating in governing the whole thing in his hands were not just that same meaningless words. These are words to the most powerful being in the universe and we are petitioning him shows what our faith is really in when you don't pay first. Can your faith really be in God's think about that your faith is not an got for Bill pray. First, the second first inclination rest. If you pray what your faith really and I'm saying it's not like I'm convicted as I'm telling you this because that is not my first inclination all the time is to pray, how can I solve this.
How can I fix this I make this right. How can I put this in my control prayer points us to the one you can actually solve the problem. Lastly, we see here that we trust God to reveal the answers. Do you actually believe that the God of all heaven and earth actually cares about what happens in your life day to day thing about the nature of Jesus. What he came to do this problem with sin is problem that we created ourselves fully God created the entire universe. He takes on human flesh becomes human and he lives a perfectly sinless life and he dies on the cross in this embarrassing fashion for him for you and for me it's interesting here. The child is a wise mentor like way. Second, we can give you this answer, but you can only the gods can they say in the gods don't make the dwelling with human flesh would Jesus do. He made his dwelling with human flesh. Their gods don't do that is their gods are fake their gods are false. We worship the living God the ultimate. The only he comes down and he says I care about you that I would die for your sin, to pay the price when you deserve death and destruction coming for you. I love you that much. I love what happens.
I care about what happens to you. I God knows what's happening to you every single day.
He's not distant is not missing sometimes may feel like he's not there. Maybe we don't know for your follow Jesus the holy spirit God is with you is not let you in and I don't know what you may be dealing with this moment, but I know that you are a follower Jesus God is not left you left you. We trust God to reveal the answers. Remember early on in our churches life very early a couple months in your church and her existence and I'm not this the first ever shared the story publicly, but early on we were dealing with some challenges leadership wise and I thought the church was over is like manna, what do you walk through all this, and it was one of those tough things tough moments in his cabinet to figure out solvent so I was Leo Morgan.
Do keep me up at nights I could sleep just just want to rest periods of time, and I'm sure you walk through something superior like difficulties, challenges, as I don't know what to do. I don't really don't know what what how to move forward through all this and night had a dream. Again, not saying this is prophetic in that sense but I just dream that all around in Ogden. There was these tornadoes are popping up all over the place and it was just destroying everything and I was I was in my house and I was like I need to get to church, but all the stores are out there like I'm going anyways. I don't care about the storm good to go through them to make so we are made of the SQL theater at the time my dream going to the theater and I make it there stormed and get me. I get there and our team. It's it's only a couple of us that made it through only decided to make it to their saw us were sitting there in the table. I just the guys was received.
Pray pray this is all my dream.
So we pray and Rockwood have service anyways might be three of us have service anyways so we get up insert heaven service and I remember couple people search trickling in. You more search trickling in. You more few more few more whole place is packed and people are accepting Jesus people never heard about Jesus believing in Jesus for the first time giving our lives to Jesus transform by hammer waking up from a dream dismembering. This is the one thing I got from that is that God everything in my life. This holds challenge. Everything else is in your hands you've got this. I'm leaving this to you sheer peace and sheer peace. Seven years later as were read today and and to know that I just got me through realizing that God is in control of the entire universe, and he cares about what's happening to us.
It's really cool.
Dana chapter 2 finishes up Rick talk about the dream next week look down verse 46. Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that in offering an instance be made be offered up to him. The king answered and said to Daniel, truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings and the revealer mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery. Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon achieved prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel made a request of the king and he appointed Shadrach me shack and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon, but Daniel remained at the king's court. So what's happened then is about to die. He's done with this training program and he's revealing to the king what this dream is and then what interpretation is in the king puts Daniel is like second-in-command over all of Babylon. This Hebrew boy you just got defeated in his ancient days when your army beats another Army they would think your God was inferior to theirs. So something about this.
Nebuchadnezzar thinks his God, the God of Marmaduke is stronger than Yahweh and he has his dream and all this happens, God brings out this really cool orchestration of events so were now here's Nebuchadnezzar's something that your God is the God of God's acute kings and Lord of lords puts Daniel over everything.
Daniel's friends and become some of the highest people in the whole kingdom. Daniel then lived through three different kingdoms different kings and through all of that God had sovereignly placed him there for his purpose.
Think about what God did the Old Testament we have today was preserved during that time Babylon had Daniel in his position of influence and power was able to preserve the very Bible that we have in our hands today that God knew what he was doing and orchestrating all these events.
Sometimes it feels like when the world is on fire and upside down that God is not in control but God is very much in control and what he is working out is bigger than what you can. I could possibly even imagine you are place and that sometimes we die their Christians across the world to go for a face persecution and they may not live physically within a living just for today, God has an eternity in mind for them in the greater picture Summers got takes one person who share the gospel faithfully in the gospel the multiplies in the village into the spear. The book with the steep St. in Jim Elliott help those four guys meet they were facing a possible situation.
They died as a result. But the gospel went on and save the entire village rights.
We know that God is working out something greater, something bigger than you and I could possibly imagine what God is doing is huge.
Do you trust God and what he's doing in the grander work of his of his world. What is your faith in your faith in the things of this world.
Your own ability your own power your own wealth you know you can sell what it is what your typically worried about and you have anxiety over and you think about all over and over and over and over and over again.
Why do you do that what you constantly think about think about think about and think about your thinking about how do I fix is how to get rid of is how it's all this goes back to me me me me me me me about how you are the God of your world worry is is a is a symbol for us a reminder for us that we are not giving those over to the God of the universe. But instead of try to carry on her own shoulders. We are not gods, we are not able we are weak we are feeble but there the God of God's King of Kings and Lord of lords is not.
Do you trust him when you're faced with an impossible situation.
True faith is displayed.
What is your faith goblets purpose. We thank you so much, Lord, for another great day that you given to us or I just ask right now.for those that may be facing those types of situations. Today, there may be some here Lord who are at the point of wringing their hands, Lord, and there's not sure where to turn or what to do or how do I resolve this or how I fix this we know you are the God of the impossible. Lord all throughout Scripture.
You place men and women in impossible situations or so that your glory may be displayed, so your glory may be known. Some people see the victory God.
They see that you are the victorious one that you are king. You are Lord your God that I pray if there are some facing those situations today. God, that you would be displayed through the midst of those impossible situations you work through those here there suffering that are struggling in God that you will receive all the praise, honor and glory.
Jesus name we pray