Daniel Chapter 4Written by admin on Oct 15, 2018 in - No Comments
Created in the image of God, we are his image-bearers, but sin and pride fracture our ability to bear his image fully. When king Nebuchadnezzar exalts his many accomplishments, he suffers a most unusual judgment—he becomes as a cow. But eventually, God restores him. What can we learn from this dramatic tale about the dangers of pride, the nature of God’s judgment, the imperative of humility, and the road of hope?
Sermon Discussion Questions
- Reading Daniel chapter 4, what stands out to you? Does anything surprise, disturb, encourage, or intrigue you?
- When we’re faced with tension, Adam pointed out, we tend to walk down one of three roads: apathy, cynicism, or hope. Can you think of a time when you responded to tension in your life or the world around you with apathy? What about cynicism? Do you agree with Adam that hope is the only of these three roads that leads to action?
- Reading verses 18 – 19, how would you describe the relationship between Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar? Looking back on the previous chapters, how has their relationship changed over time? Does anything surprise you about the changes in their relationship?
- In your own words, what is the King’s sin (vs. 28 – 32)?
- Adam pointed out that because we are made in the image of God, we are his image-bearers. Have you ever thought of yourself as an image-bearer of God, or is that a new way of thinking for you? Can you see any ways in which sin has fractured your ability to fully bear God’s image?
- What do you notice about God’s judgment of King Nebuchadnezzar? Does this particular judgment hold any significance, irony, or instructional value in your opinion?
- What if God’s judgment isn’t about torturing people, Adam asked, but rather, giving them what they want: to be left to themselves, separated from Him, his goodness, and blessings? Do you see this dynamic at work in King Nebuchadnezzar’s story? What about in life?
- Read James 4:6–8. As Adam said at the end of his sermon, where do you need to humble yourself & acknowledge God today? What do you need to praise Him for?
The king’s sanity was restored when he looked up to heaven. Take a moment to look up to heaven, as it were, humbling yourself before God in prayer and praise.