(2.) Kiel and Delitsch write that the king was avoiding the truth: “Kranichfeld has

decided in favor of this...supposition. “ The king,” he thinks, “knew from the

dream itself that the tree reaching unto heaven and extending to the end of the

whole earth represented a royal person ruling the earth, who could come to

ruin on account of the God of the Jews , and would remain in his ruin till

there was an acknowledgment of the Almighty. [This was the] reason for the

king keeping Daniel the Jew at a distance from this matter of the dream.”

b. Nebuchadnezzar will finally appeal to Daniel and we have here an encouragement

to not wait and take our lives and experiences to the Lord in prayer and the critique

of Scripture.

1. H.A. Ironside: A story is told of a heathen chieftain who came from his distant

domain to visit Queen Victoria. One day he [wanted to know] if she would tell

him the secret of England’s progress and greatness. In response, it is said the

queen presented him with a Bible saying, “This Book will tell you.”

a. Daniel will tell him.

2. Unfortunately Daniel's words will not be that encouraging. For Daniel will tell

Nebuchadnezzar that the tree represents the king of Babylon himself.

III. Nebuchadnezzar in the unguarded moments of dreaming, has been spoken to by God.

A. His own inner mind has been revealed to him.

B. Nebuchadnezzar has been told that he is not a good king. He is to 'break off' or to stop his

wickedness (specifics have not been revealed) and show mercy to the less fortunate

(something he had not been doing). He is guilty of the misapplication of pride. He is told

to repent by Daniel.

1. We could say that Nebuchadnezzar was being rebuked for the cruelties he used to

establish and maintain his empire.

C. Nebuchadnezzar will be guilty of sinful pride and denying reality.

IV. There is much we don't know about Nebuchadnezzar.

A. The last thirty years of his reign are missing.

1. We have fragments, but we do know that Nebuchadnezzar had some crisis.

B. Berrossus writes that Nebuchadnezzar was involved in great building projects.

C. In 1981, a cuniform tablet was discovered. This ancient text places us closer to the

time of Nebuchadnezzar. This tablet stated that Nebuchadnezzar had some mental

disturbance and had to leave Babylon for a time.

D. We have to understand that the Babylonian historians of Nebuchadnezzar's time were

not going to say that the king was acting like Howard Hughes.

1. However, it appears that Daniel gives us the details.

E. Poole: “There fell a voice from heaven: this made the judgment more remarkable, and

argued the sin more provoking, and the anger of God more just against him.”

a. Clarke: “The madness that fell upon him induced him to forsake society, and to run

to the woods and deserts, where he lived like a wild beast, his hair growing long

and thick, so as to be a substitute for clothing; and his nails strong and hooked, that

he might the better climb trees and grub up the ground, in order to get roots and

earth-nuts. It was the mercy of God that thus clothed and [sustained] him.”

E. There was grace. We read that the angelic beings but a metal band around the tree to

preserve it. Since Nebuchadnezzar was the tree, the band indicated that God would not

take away his kingdom.

V. After a time, Nebuchadnezzar looks toward heaven.

A. ...not to the trees nor the ziggurats, but to heaven to the true and living God of Daniel.

B. He acknowledges that God is sovereign and Nebuchadnezzar finds his sanity is restored.

C. And in his renewed sanity he produces works of praise that bookend the chapter.

1. The beginning of the chapter features praise and the end of the chapter as well.

D. Nebuchadnezzar was shown a tree in his dream.

E. We look to the cross, also called “The Tree”; but a tree upon which Jesus was crucified

and in the process purchased our redemption.

VI. Christian philosopher Gordon Clark has written that we can translate 'logos' in John 1 not

only as 'word' but also as 'logic'. We can see the difference between Nebuchadnezzar and

Christ. Nebuchadnezzar became the mad king, the irrational king when he denied the

sovereignty of God. He wanted to ignore reality and lost his mind. Jesus, the Word, the Logic incarnate, entered reality, the world as it is, and faced the consequences of his calling.

A. Let us trust Christ the Word, the Logic, and as they say, “The Reason for the Season.”

 

 

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