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July 24, 2020 7:00 am
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The neo-Babylonian Empire that is the umpire that was established in 609 BC by Neville Paul Lasser and then enlarged to enormous size and grandeur by his song, Nebuchadnezzar. That Empire fell with about as much swiftness as it rose what were the circumstances that surrounded its fall. Why did God decrease such a rapid decline for this Empire and what were the biblical principles that were at work here. The chapter that we have in front of us. Tonight Daniel chapter 5 deals with these issues and not only is it a fascinating chapter from the standpoint of history, but it's also I believe a very challenging chapter from the standpoint of the spiritual principles that we see demonstrated in it so I want us to look tonight at Daniel. Chapter 5 now let's go over the chronology for just a minute. In other words, with the historical background that leads up to Daniel five because understanding this helps us to understand what happens in the chapter almost 70 years have passed since Daniel chapter 1 Took Pl. in 606 BC Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem for the very first time and it was in 606 BC when he captured Jerusalem. The Nebuchadnezzar deported Daniel and his three friends. Nebuchadnezzar then ruled the knell of the Babylonian empire for the next 44 years. That is 44 the next 68 years.
He was the king finally dying. Nebuchadnezzar did that is in 562 BC during that time, Nebuchadnezzar expanded the neo-Babylonian empire from its tiny beginnings under his dad to the mightiest empire on the face of the earth stretching from the Euphrates on the east to the Nile on the west. After Nebuchadnezzar's death in 562 BC the neo-Babylonian Empire lasted for only another 23 years.
That is until 539 BC.
And here's a little bit about how it went. Nebuchadnezzar died his son a fellow that the Bible calls evil Morrow dock. That's not his Babylonian name, but it's his biblical name he took over after two years he was assassinated by a fellow named Eric listserv NARA glycerin died after four years on the throne and was succeeded by his son, whose name was LeVar she Marmaduke he was only a child when he succeeded his dad. He was assassinated.
Nine months later and the conspirators who assassinated LeVar she Marmaduke chose one of their own number.
A fellow named Nevada does to become king Nirvana does or Neville Knight is depending on how you want to pronounce it. Never Knight is sort of auditors rain for 17 years and he was the reigning monarch.
When Babylon fell in 539 BC. Now this historical chronology that I just gave you we got that from a fellow named Barroso sclerosis was a Babylonian priest who wrote the official history of Babylon that is most commonly followed today and we accept that the history of Barroso's as our best and most accurate historical record of Babylon during this period never arose as history even though it helps us a lot leaves us with a big problem you say well with that.
The big problem is, who when we turn to Daniel chapter 5 is this fellow named Bausch as her Daniel for chapter 5 calls him the king of Babylon, and Daniel chapter 5, places him as the final king of the Empire before its fall, but the roses knows nothing about anything name belch as her being the king of the Havilland and no other historical record that we had until recently mentioned belch as her either.
As you might imagine the critics of the Bible, had a field day with this, they said that this guarantee.
This was absolute proof that the book of Daniel and the Bible is historically inaccurate that the fact that there's no trace of of any king named Bell Shatzer proves that Daniel was written centuries after it claimed to be written at a time when the writer of the book of Daniel knew nothing about Babylonian history and therefore he could've made a mistake such as this. Well thank God for archaeology in 1929.
The text of an inscription was found on a clay cylinder and it's commonly called the now Oneida cylinder because it its main character really is now Oneida's and the text of this cylinder was published in 1929. The cylinder is definitely from the sixth century BC. The very time the Daniel claims to have written his book and in this now Oneida cylinder in the text that's on it now. Oneida's is said to have had a son whose name was Bill Shar looser in Babylonian or we know him better as Bell Shatzer. Furthermore, the text goes on to tell us that now Oneida is off and was absent from Babylon for long stretches of time while he was a king and when he was out of town.
He developed the habit of leaving his son Bell Shatzer in charge. In fact, this happened so much that in 553 BC. Now Oneida is officially appointed belch as her as coregent Co. king up with him now Oneida cylinder goes on to say that Bell Shatzer was actually killed by the invading Persian army in 539 BC. Just as Daniel chapter 5 is going to say and that now Oneida's was out of town when this happened, that he was captured by the Persians, but was allowed to live out his days in exile what the result of all of this while the result of it is that once again the remarkable historical reliability of the Bible has been corroborated by secular archaeological records, EJ Young, the great Protestant scholar said and I quote the identity of Bell Shatzer has long caused difficulty two commentators some have denied his historicity altogether. The king's name, however, has now appeared upon the crew in the upland cuneiform documents so that there can be no question as to belch as yours historicity. This is only the first point at which this chapter Daniel five exhibits a remarkable accuracy."
And I should mention at this point that rather than implying that Daniel was written centuries after it claims to have been written. The data that we discovered about Bell Shatzer actually provide strong evidence that Daniel was written during the days of the sixth century BC during the days of the neo-Babylonian Empire exactly as it claims you say will why, how does that follow will follows because someone writing. Centuries later, who was relying only upon the official history of Barroso is to give them the events of the neo-Babylonian Empire. They would never have known the name Bell shows her how could they only someone who was living during the sixth century. Only someone who was an eyewitness of the events that were unfolding as the Babylonian empire came to a close.
Only such an author would have known about Bell Shatzer and would've been able to record the events as accurately as the author of Daniel five has gone and so rather than the information we have about Bell Shatzer undermining the historical integrity of the book of Daniel. Actually, it confirms it and corroborates it to an incredible degree. So let's summarize, we settle the issue of whether Daniel five is true, we now know that it is exactly as it's written in so now let's look and see what happens. Verse one belch out of the king made a great feast for thousands of his lords and drank wine before the thousand and Bell Shatzer while he was drinking the wine commanded that they bring the gold and silver vessels that his father, Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple that was in Jerusalem and the king and his princes and wives drank out of them and so they brought the vessels in and they did drink out of them and they praise the gods of gold and silver and brass and iron and wood and stone that what these verses don't tell us is that while this party was going on. The Persian army was actually camped right outside of the city of Babylon right outside of the city wall right as Bell Shatzer is inside having his party.
We find that out from the historical records that neurosis gives us you say will why the world would Bell Shatzer throw a party like this while a hostile Army was surrounding the city will remember what I told you last week about the city wall of Babylon. It was one of the most massive city walls in the history of the world. It was 136 1/2 feet thick. Herodotus, the Greek historian says that for chariots could be driven of rest on top of the wall.
That's how wide it was. Veronica says that the walls were 350 feet high.
We don't know whether that may be a slight exaggeration, but we know that they were awful high and the point is that Bell Shatzer felt impregnable Bell Shatzer felt that he had nothing to worry about. It was lots of food stored up there was plenty of water because the Euphrates River ran under the city wall right through the many in the middle of the city of Babylon, so they had all the water they needed and whenever you were under siege.
The two most critical things that any city had to have to survive was food and water. Babylon have plenty of both and so supremely confident as he was belch as her decided to have a big shindig door party just to show his people.
How absolutely confident he was Babylon would never fall. The party consisted of thousands of his nobles last week. Remember I told you the palace of Nebuchadnezzar had a great throne room that measured 56 feet while hundred and 73 feet, which is probably where this party was held and we know from archaeological records that the Babylonian kings, often through huge parties like these and drank themselves into oblivion. Will Bell Shatzer was well on his way to doing exactly that. When for some crazy reason he decided to bring out the vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem. Apparently, these vessels had been kept in storage without sacrilegious use being made of them ever since Nebuchadnezzar's day is very likely that that was because of Nebuchadnezzar's conversion and Daniel for wear after he became a believer in the true God.
Perhaps he took these vessels and put them in storage and gave orders that nobody was to defile them, but for whatever reason Bell Shatzer in putatively decided to bring these vessels out to distribute them to his cronies and to drink from them as they praise their idols in their false God, it occurs to me that it's always possible that Bell shatters motive was to demonstrate that the gods of Babylon had been greater than all other gods. So far, including the God of Jerusalem and so therefore the Babylonians had nothing to worry about for their gods would prove to be stronger than the gods of the Persians who were surrounding the city as well.
Verse five in the same hour there came the finger of a man's hand and it began to write opposite the candlestick on the plaster of the wall in the king's palace and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote and the king's appearance was changed and his thoughts troubled him, so that even the joints in his knees were loose and that is these mobile together they show faith. They knock together and the king cried aloud to bring all the astrologers in the wisemen and the suits layers and when they came. The king said to them, whoever will read this writing and interpreted for me shall be clothed in purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall become the third ruler in the kingdom. So all the wisemen came in but could not read the writing nor make known to the king, its interpretation, and king Bell Shatzer then was greatly troubled, and his appearance was changed and his lords were scared. We know from archaeological work in Babylon that the wall behind the throne and Nebuchadnezzar's big throne room was covered with white plaster just the way Daniel chapter 5, says an amazing the Daniel chapter 5 even records what we know from archaeology that only one of the walls with the wall right behind the king had white plaster on it and no doubt this was the wall with a finger wrote right above the head of the king, and upon seeing it. The king turned around and and and and and was amazed he was shocked. He was scared to death and he realized he wasn't hallucinating. He realized he hadn't had too much cheap peach wine but that rather indeed something supernatural was happening. He was terrified. Isn't it funny how people can be so arrogant and so smug through all of life until suddenly something happens and they have to face the hand of God and then met all of that smugness. All of that arrogance just dissipates like fog in the morning sun is the unbelief only works until you have to face the hand of Almighty God, then it failed miserably in some of the most arrogant men and women in this world have become some of the most terrifying. When they had to face God. Voltaire was one of those people. He was a great French atheist. He was vocal he was an arrogant enemy of Christianity. He did all that he could to undermine Christianity and destroy it.
And yet Voltaire died in agony screaming and begging for someone to help them someone to deliver him from the terror of death and want to take him out of what he called this horrible darkness.
Funny, when faced with eternity. How all of that arrogance and that smugness just faded away.
GH lying in his commentary on Daniel tells the story, and I quote he said there was an infidel who was posting loudly as he into Christians argued about God as they drifted down the river near and near Niagara when he realized the danger they were in the infidel suddenly began to cry out loud to God for help after they had been rescued. He admitted that while unbelief may not be a bad thing with which to drift down the river. It is a very bad thing with which to go over the fall." I like unbelief's may not be such a bad thing with which to drift down the river. Although I'm not even sure that's true but it certainly is a horrible thing with which to go over the fall and Bell Shatzer had been drifting down the river in arrogance and in smugness, but now that he was about to go over the falls. He was singing a different tune. He was scared so he search frantically for someone who can interpret the writing point, but no one could verse 10 now the Queen because of hearing all of the words of the king and his lords came in to the banquet house and the queen spoke and said oh king live forever. Don't be afraid. Don't let your appearance be change there's a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy God in the days of your father lying to an understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of God was found in who hit him whom you're whom the king Nebuchadnezzar your father made master of the wisemen and the soothsayers because there's an excellent spirit of knowledge and understanding of interpreting dreams and showing hard mysteries that is found in Daniel, whom the king named Bell to Shatzer so it Daniel now be called and he can interpret this for you.
Suddenly the queen shows up, but I don't think this was of Bell shatters wife. I think if she is best seen as being now. Tonight is his wife. That is Bell shatters mother because she talks to him like a mother. She says doing she walks in and says son would you pull your self together and selling a wife telling a mother with a semisolid wife. Well maybe so, but it sounds like a mother to me who addresses the king and says son pull your self together and she says there's a man in your kingdom who can interpret this calling not just an aside, here she refers to Nebuchadnezzar is Bell Shatzer's father. And yet we know from records that we have that there is no way to trace Bell Shatzer back to being the son of Nebuchadnezzar. So what's going on here. Well, we need to understand that in the ancient near East. Tradition always referred to a king's predecessor as his father. Even if there was no direct lineage that is even that theme found in the Bible we see that happening, but the Babylonians also refer to Omri as the father of Jay Lou but he wasn't at all as a matter of fact Jay, who would wiped out the entire family of Abreu including Ahab's last surviving relative on the throne in Jezebel. His wife, but the Babylonians referred to Omri is the father of Jay who, because he was his predecessor on the throne and that was the conventional way that the Babylonians referred to your predecessor as King. And so, in referring to Nebuchadnezzar is Bell Shatzer's father. Nothing more is really being myth in your predecessor. And so the queen mother reminds Bell shatter about Daniel. Remember now. Daniel is between 80 and 90 years old at this time, no doubt is in retirement. That's why he is in around the court anywhere in the queen urges Bell Shatzer to call for Daniel and so he does in verse 13.
Then Daniel was brought before the king. The king spoke to Daniel and said are you Daniel all of the children of the captivity of Judah that my my father brought here. I've heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you and that light and understanding and wisdom is you and you and now the wisemen and the astrologers, they could not make understanding they could not interpret this writing, and so I since I heard of you. I've heard that you can interpret this that you can explain mysteries and now you can read this writing interpretive for me. You will be closed with purple you have a chain of gold around your neck and you will be third ruler in the kingdom well after Bell Shatzer semper Daniel doesn't tell us in the Bible how long it took for Daniel to get there. I suspect that you moseyed on in and then the king offers him if he can interpret the writing of this hand offers him these great gifts and ALSO offers him the privilege of being the third ruler in the kingdom. People often have wondered why in the world what he offering that. Why would the offering to be the second ruler of the kingdom what's the answer but the answer of course the answer is that he Bell Shatzer was the second ruler in the kingdom's father now nine. This was the first ruler the highest position that Bell Shatzer had to offer was third ruler, and that's what he offered to Daniel. Daniel says to in verse 17. Let your gift feed itself.
King, give your reward to somebody else.
Daniel said I am not interested in your reward and I don't want any of you but he said I will interpret the writing for you king and I will tell you what it me, so Daniel begins verse 18 you king don't forget that the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingdom and he gave him majesty and glory and honor and for all the majesty that he gave him he gave him all the people in the languages and and the nations, and they trembled and they feared before him, and he could kill whoever he wanted and he could keep alive wherever he wanted and he could put off anyone he wanted and he could put down anybody wanted to win his heart was lifted up in his mind was hardened in pride he was deposed from his throne and his glory was taken from him, and he was driven out from the sons of men in his heart was made like that of the beast and his dwelling was with the wild animals and they fed them grass like an in his body was wet with the dew of heaven till he acknowledged that the most high God rules the kingdom of man and that he, God appoints over it. Whomever he will and you Bell Shatzer You Have Not Humbled Your Self Even Though You Knew All of This but You Lifted Yourself up against the Lord of Heaven and You Had Brought the Vessels of His House out before You and You and Your Lord and Your Wives and Your Concubines Have Drunk Wine in Him and Praise the Gods of Dover and Golden Brass and Iron and Wood and Stone That See Not Know Here Not, nor No, Not the God in Whose Hand Your Very Breath Live in Whose All Thy Ways.
You Cannot Glorify. Daniel Begins by Rebuking the King, Reminding Him of What Happened to Nebuchadnezzar, How That He Was a Mighty King and Conqueror, How That He Had Unlimited Earthly Power How This Led to Nebuchadnezzar Being Boastful and Proud and Arrogant and Help the God of the Universe Humbled in the Result Was That Nebuchadnezzar Realized That the God of Israel, Not Nebuchadnezzar Was in Charge of the Universe. Nebuchadnezzar Became a Great Worshiper of the God of Israel. Now Here Comes a Great Indictment against Bell Shatzer Verse 22 and You Bell Shatzer You Have Not Humbled Your Self Even Though You Do All of This That Happened to Nebuchadnezzar.
You See Friends. Apparently What Happened. Nebuchadnezzar Was Not a Secret.
Even Many Years Later, in the Reign of Bell Shatzer.
It's True That Nebuchadnezzar Had Sent a Circular around.
We Read about It in Daniel for and Had Told the People of His Empire. How Got It Done This to Him Now. Even Some 20 or 30 Years Later. It's No Secret Bell Shatzer Knew It.
Daniel Reminded Him That He Knew It. But Even Though He Know It. He Refused to Humble Himself, but to the Contrary. Daniel Looks at Him and Says You Belch As Her Have Dared to Challenge This God by Profaning the Vessels of His Temple, and by Giving Them to Your False Gods Instead in the Fact That You Knew All That Happened to Nebuchadnezzar, but You Did What You Did Anyway Only Makes Your Blasphemy All the Worse. You Picture This Classic Confrontation Here Regally Dressed Half Drunk Young King Go Shatzer Facing Regally Spirited Stone Sober Seasoned Prophet of God, Daniel, I'm Sure You Could've Heard a Pin Drop in the Room and Then Daniel Went on to Interpret the Writing Writing Consisted of Four Aramaic Words. This Is the Writing Verse 25 That Was Written, Daniel Said Many Many Technical You Farson. Those Were the Four Aramaic Words and Here's What They Mean. Daniel Says the First One Mendez in Aramaic Literally Means Number or Death, and so Daniel Says What This Means Is That God Has Number the Your Kingdom, and He's Finished It. You May Feel so Secure behind Those High Walls Belch As Her but Walls Don't Keep Kingdoms in Power. God Does. And God Is Decided Bell Shatzer That You and Your Kingdom or History. Your Numbers up. Then He Went on to the Second Were Technical, Which in Aramaic Literally Means to Be Weighed in a Balance and Daniel Said You Have Been Weighing in the Balances and You Have Been Found Wanting. You Have Been Found Deficient. The Idea of the Gods Weighing the King in the Balance Is a Very Common Concept in the Ancient near East and Back.
The Ancient Egyptians Built This Concept Is at into the Central Issue of the Afterlife of the Pharaoh, the God of the Dead Would Take Pharaoh's Heart and He Would Put It in the Balance.
And on One Side. He Put the Heart of That Pharaoh and on the Other Side. He Would Put a Feather and If the Heart of the Pharaoh Was Lighter Than the Feather That Meant That He Had Been Pure and He Went to Pharaoh Heaven, so to Speak, but His Heart Was Heavier Than the Pharaoh Admit That His Heart Was Weighed down with Sin, and He Needed to Be Punished and so Felt Chatter Could Relate to What Daniel Was Saying That God Had Examined His Heart God and Weighed His Heart and Founding Deficient, and Finally You Farson or Perez As Daniels Pronounces It If the Very Same Aramaic Groups Two Forms of the Same Route and It Means in Aramaic to Be Divided, so Daniel Says Your Kingdom Is Divided and Has Been Given to the Medes and the Persians.
That's It Goes As Her Lights out Verse 29 Than Bell. Shatzer Commanded in a Close Daniel with Purple, but a Chain of Gold around His Neck and He Made a Proclamation concerning Him That He Should Be the Third Ruler in the Kingdom. But You Know What I Really Think Daniel Cared.
He Probably Took the Robe off Doing That Out Of Those Judges the Took off the Chain through It down at His Feet That I Don't Care What I Want to Be Third Morning Kingdom. It's Not Even Going to Last for the Next 24 Hours They Walked out Bible Says at That Very Same Night, Bell Shatzer, the King of the Babylonians Was Slain, and Darius the Mead Took over the Kingdom Being about 62 Years Old. That Very Night the Persians Took the City Killed Bell Shatzer. Just As the Navan Midas Cylinder Says They Did the Babylonian Empire Came to a Screeching Halt Is Avalon How Did the Persians Do It, How in the World Did They Ever Get to That Crazy Wall. Will the Answer Is They Didn't Get through That Crazy Wall. They Got under They Do What Herodotus, the Greek Historian, and I Quote Cyrus the Persian Advance against Babylon. The Babylonians Had Laid a Provisions for Many Years and Therefore Were under No Apprehension about the Sea Having Station. The Bulk of His Army near the Place Where the Euphrates River Enters Babylon, Cyrus Diverted the River by Means of a Canal and Made the Channel Affordable by Sinking the River When This Took Place.
The Persians Entered Babylon by This Passage Fording in the River up to Their Five If the Babylonians Had Been Aware of This before Hand, They Would Not Have Allowed the Persians to Enter the City but Would've Utterly Destroyed Them. But the Babylonians Were Dancing at the Time and Enjoying Themselves for There Was a Great Is Going on and Thus Babylon Was Taken for the First Time."
Darius the Mead Became the Ruler of Babylon. You Say Darius the Mead, I Thought It Was Cyrus.
How Well Will Talk about That Next Week and Will Will Solve That Problem. One Historical Problem per Message Is Enough, Will Save Darius the Mead for Next Time. Now All of This Leads Us to Ask a Question and the Question Is, so What Yeah Right. The Key Point under so What I Feel Is Found Back in Verse 22 Were Daniel Says to Bell Shatzer. You Belch As Her Even Though You Knew All of This You Haven't Humbled Yourself before God Even Though He Knew All of What Will Even Though All He He He Knew All of What Happened to Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar Than a Heave in a Pagan a Blasphemer and Infidel. He Had His Run-Ins with Jehovah and yet God Never Brought This Kind of Swift Destruction to Nebuchadnezzar, but Belch As Her God Chop Them into Swiftly and without Remedy. Why, What Was the Difference Well. Nebuchadnezzar Had Very Little Knowledge of the True God. Yes, He Learned a Little Bit about the True God. In Daniel Chapter 2. When His Dream Was Interpreted by Daniel. And Then He Learned a Little Bit More about the Living God in Daniel Chapter 3 When the Three Youths Were Saved Out Of the Furnace and Then in Daniel Chapter 4, He Learned A Lot More about the Living God When He Became Insane and God Forced Him to Become Humble, and He Repented Any Surrender to God. On the Other Hand Belch As Her Knew All of This. He Had Lots of Information about God and yet He Took All of That Information That Had Been Passed on to Him through the Experiences of Nebuchadnezzar, and He Spurned It and He Ignored It and He Defied It. The Point Is, Each of These Men Received Different Treatment from God Based on How Much They Knew and Understood about the Living God. Nebuchadnezzar Knew Virtually Nothing and God Treated Him with Much More Mercy Than He Did.
Bell Shatzer, Who Knew Very Much Even Though the Two Men Acted the Same. Very Often, God Judge Them Based on What They Knew and What They Did with It. That Is a Biblical Principle Here in the Biblical Principle Is Found Repeated over and over in the New Testament. I like Your Turn to Matthew Chapter 11 and Let Me Show You Jesus Pronouncing This Principle. Matthew Chapter 11 Verse 20.
Then He Began to Upgrade the Cities or to Review the Cities in Which Most of His Mighty Works Were Done Because They Did Not Repent and Jesus Said Woe to You Courtesan Well to You Beth SATA. For If the Mighty Works That Were Done He Knew Had Been Done in Tyre and Sidon, They Would Have Repented Long Ago in Sackcloth and Ashes. But I Say to You It Shall Be More Tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the Day of Judgment Than for You. Now, Why Why Are Tyre and Sidon Going to Get Better Treatment, Easier Treatment at the Day of Judgment in the Cities of Courtesan and Beth Seidel Because Tyre and Sidon Did Not Have the Same Amount of Light They Did Not Have the Same Amount of Information about Who God Was That Courtesan in That Side I Had with Seeing the Living Christ to All of His Miracles. So Even Though Both Cities Rejected God's Offer to Repent and Even Though the People in Both of Those Cities Are under the Judgment of God and Will Be in Hell One Group of Them Will Be Treated Much More Leniently Than the Other Because They Had Less Information and One Will Be Treated Much More Stringently Than the Other Because They Rejected Greater Light Look What Else Jesus Said and You, Capernaum, Who Are Exalted on the Heaven.
You Shall Be Brought down to Hell. For If the Mighty Works That Have Been Done in You Had Been Done in Sodom, Sodom Would Still Be Here Today. What an Amazing Statement. Jesus Said If I Had Sent Angels to Sodom to Do in Sodom. The Miracles That I Have Done in Capernaum's Automotive Repented and Would Never Have Been Destroyed by God.
But I Say to You, It Will Be More Tolerable for the Land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment Than for You. Why Because You Capernaum Had More Light. You Ignored and Rejected More Information about God in Sodom Never Had. That Means Your Judgment Will Be Stricter. Jesus Said This Very Same Thing in John Chapter 15 Speaking in John Chapter 15 Verse 22. Here's What Jesus Said. He Said If I Had Not, and Spoken on to the Jewish People. They Might Not of Had the Same Amount of Sin, but Now They Have No Excuse for Their Sin. Is He Saying That the Jewish People, or Any Group of People Are Sinners in the Sight of God.
No. Is He Saying That Only If Jesus Comes and Talks You Personally to Become a Sinner in the Side of God. No. But What Jesus Is Saying Is That the More Light He Gave These People the Greater Accountability for Their Sin Became Layers to Whomever Much Is Given Much Will Be Expected Because Bell Shatzer Had Been Given More Much More Information and Knowledge about God, the Nebuchadnezzar, He Was Treated Much More Harshly Got Expected More of the How Does All This Relate to You and Me.
Well First of All We Should Tell Lost People. This You Know When You Share the Gospel with Somebody You Need to Tell Them That Because You Share This Information with Them. If They Don't Repent.
If They Don't Receive Christ.
They Will Be Treated More Harshly in the Judgment of God Than If They Never Even Met You and There'll Be A Lot Of People That You Share Christ with Who Don't End up Repenting and Don't End up Going to Heaven Who in Hell for All of Eternity Are Going to Bemoan the Day They Ever Met You and You Told Him about Jesus Because God's Going to Hold Him Accountable for What You Told but Praise the Lord Keep Telling People about Jesus. Because Think of All the Ones Who Will Respond and Do Something about It, but Nonetheless Tell People We Share Christ with That God Is Going to Hold Them Accountable for the Information They've Just Been Given a Far More Importantly Than Just That. I Believe This Has Direct Bearing on Us As Christian Because, You Know, Dear Friends, with All That We Know As Christians, God's Expectations from Us Are Much Higher Because to Whomever Much Is Given Much, Shall Be Expected and There Many Many Christians Sitting Here This Evening Many Many Christians in Our Church and in Churches All over the World Who Been Sitting in Learning about God. For Five Years 10 Years 15, 20, 30, 40 Years with Piled up Enormous Amounts of Information about God and What God Wants from Them What God Expects from Them Who Call Themselves Mature Christians and They Pride Themselves in Their Dear Friends, That's Nothing to Pride Ourselves in Unless Were Doing What We Know. Actually, That's Something I Feel to Be Quite Scared of Because the Older We Had to Get His Christians in the More We Learn, the More God Expects of Us. I Have a Teenager at a Five-year-old. I Don't Expect the Same Thing for My Five-year-old As I Do My Teenager Every Once in A While. My Five-year-old Surprises Me and Acts More like an Adult in My Teenager Goes for the Half but but Generally Speaking, That's Not True.
I Don't Expect My Five-year-old Go out and Cut the Grass in the Front and the Back like I Asked My Teenager Doing Expecting to Do. I Don't Expect My Five-year-old Walks over the House to Be a Help to His Mom and I'm Away on a Trip, but I Expect My Teenager Why Because My Teenager Is Older, My Teenager Knows More.
I Expect More of Him. And That's Normal. That's Natural. That's What You Did with Your Children or That's What You Will Do and That's What God Is Telling Us That the More We Know in the Older We Get His Christians More.
He Expects the More He Has a Right to Expect and You Know That Demands That We As Christians Exercise Extreme Care in How We Live in the Older You Are As a Christian, and the More You Groan, I Submit to You the More Care You Need to Exercise Because I Found It Would. God Will Tolerate from Unbelief. He Will Not Tolerate from Me and What God Will Tolerate from Younger Believers. He Will Not Tolerate for Me Because I Know Better, and He Expects More That's Kind of a Sobering Thought, You Better This, but It's Good for Us to Be Sobered up Every Once in A While It's Good for Us to Understand That God Does Expect Things from Us and That When We Get to Heaven and We Have Our Performance Evaluation before God That the Bema Seat of Christ. Second Corinthians Chapter 5 God Will Evaluate Us Not Based on What We Did, but Based on What We Did in Light of What We Knew and Sometimes I Think My Dad Who Died a Week after Receiving Christ and Is in Heaven Today. Sometimes I Think That My Dad Probably Got a Will Gift a Much More Generous and Merciful Hearing at the Judgment Seat of Christ and on the Gifts Because He Knew Virtually Nothing and He Probably Did a Better Job of Living up to What He Knew the Little Bit of It That He Knew Then Perhaps I've Done in the Last 20 Years of Living up to All That I Know My Dear Friends Remember God Evaluated Bell Shatzer Based on What He Knew. Daniel Said to Him, Because You Knew All of This and You Didn't Humble Yourself God's Will to Cut You in Pieces Tonight. That Reminds Me, Enclosing the First Thessalonians Chapter 5 Verse Four but You, Brother, and Paul Says You Are Not in the Darkness That the Day Should Overtake You As a Thief, but You Are the Children of Light and the Children of the Day. We Are Not of the Night, nor of the Darkness. Therefore, Do Not Let Us Sleep.
Let Us Not Sleep As Others Do, but Let Us Be Sober and Let Us Be Away for They That Sleep Sleep in the Mind and They They Get Drunk and Drunk in the Night When We Were of the Day Need to Be Sober, Putting on the Breastplate of Faith and Love and for a Helmet the Hope of Salvation for God Has Not Appointed Us to Wrath, but to Obtain Salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ Who Died for Us, That Whether We Wake or Sleep, We Should Live with Him. Therefore Exhort One Another and Comfort Each Other with These Words, Even As You Do, Brother, and We Need to Exhort One Another with These Words, We Are Not of the Day of the Night. Rather, We Are of the Day. God Doesn't Expect Us to Act like the People Who Are of the Knights, the More We Grow As Christians. The More God Expects Us to Live by Children of the Day, How You Doing How You Doing Are You Getting Sloppy around the Edges and Saying Well I Know Christ Will Forgive Me. Other Christians Do It the Careful, Careful Doesn't Matter What Anybody Else Does. When Any of the Christian Does the Thing That Matters Is What Do You Know What You Doing in Light of Its to Him Who Knows to Do Right Doesn't Do It to Him. James Says It Is Sin for God Uses Word to Sobers up. Call Us Back Serious Living for Christ As Christians. Let's Pray Heavenly Father, Thank You for the Opportunity to Open Your Word This Evening and Thank You for the Chance to Study This Great Section of the Bible Remind Us This Evening. Lord, That This Is Not Just a Nice Story.
It Is Not Just a Historical Record, but It Is Biblical Principles in Action and the Principle That We've Seen in Action This Evening Is That to Whom Much Is Given Much Is Expected. More Jesus I Pray for Those of Us Here Almost All of Whom Are Christians.
Most All of Us Here Have Been Christians for A While and Most of Us Here Have a High Degree of Bible Knowledge. So This Is the Right Audience to Speak This Message, Lord Jesus Touch Our Hearts and Grip Our Souls with the Fact That You're Going to Evaluate Us Based on What We Know Most of Us Know More Than Were Living up to Lord, Help Us Not Justify Our Behavior by Saying Other Christians Do What Younger Christians Do It, God Will Forgive Help Us Be Smarter Than That. Lord Help Us Instead to Say What a Wino. What Is God Expect Lord Jesus, Help Me Live up to That by Your Grace.
Make a Sober Minded Not Grumpy, Not Grim, Not Gruesome but Sober Minded Serious about Our Christian Commitment, Lord Jesus Uses This Week to Tell Others about You. We Pray These Things in Jesus Name a