power of God can manifest itself in various ways. This week we are going
to examine how God uses supernatural knowledge as a tool to install His
people into key political leadership positions of nations which do not
worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God brought Daniel into a
position of power under King Nebuchadnezzar in three stages:
Daniel and his three friends refused to eat the king's food and
asked to be placed on a vegetarian diet. After three years of
healthy nutrition and training, Nebuchadnezzar found them superior
to the others.
the king set up the golden statue and demanded worship, Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego refused to worship idol and were cast into the
fiery furnace but were miraculously saved by Jesus! This created
newfound respect in Nebuchadnezzar for God, but he still clung to
the demon gods of Babylon.
Everything changed when God gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream that no one
except Daniel could interpret.
Nebuchadnezzarís dream was a warning to repent, be humble, recognize the
God of creation or lose his mind! Daniel warned the king but he did not
heed Danielís counsel, and as a result, he lost his mental faculties for
a season. Nebuchadnezzar lived like an animal until he repented and
served the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob exclusively. This third event
propelled Daniel to second in command of Babylon, and in reality, God
ruled Babylon through Daniel until the death of Nebuchadnezzar.
the death of Nebuchadnezzar, there was instability for the next 23 years
as many men lusted after the throne of Babylon and attempted to capture
it by murder and intrigue. Daniel does not mention anything during this
time period, and it is only when he is around 83 years old that Daniel
is once again called upon to interpret a message from the Lord. This
time the message did not come in a dream as in the past but a mysterious
hand wrote on the wall in front of King Belshazzar and thousands of
others in the banquet hall of the palace. The kingís wise men are unable
to interpret the writing on the wall and Daniel was called upon once
again to give the meaning of the message. Daniel was not impressed with
Belshazzar and boldly told him that God was finished with him and that
his time on earth was almost over. The prophecy came to pass just a few
hours later as Babylon was conquered by King Darius of the Persians and
message will highlight Danielís unlikely success story as God used him
repeatedly to change the course of political events in the Babylonian
empire under Nebuchadnezzar and later with the Persians and Medes under
Darius. While God allowed the Israelites to be conquered, He didnít
abandon them in a hostile land and Danielís life is evidence of Godís
faithfulness in the midst of adversity. God used him supernaturally and
the same can happen for you. God has not changed; He just needs someone
that is willing to listen and obey.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell