Sharing the Gospel (Daniel 4:9-27)

Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.”

Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries!  (Daniel 4:19)

“This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”  (Daniel 4:24-27)

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            In this section King Nebuchadnezzar had another dream and it needs to be interpreted.  His own men are not able to interpret it and Daniel is the one that steps forward to help the king.  The meaning of this dream brings bad news to the king, so Daniel is a little hesitant to tell the king its meaning.  This king has proven to have mood swings and is willing to kill someone who disobeys him.  Giving him bad news is not a position you want to find yourself in.  Daniel was bold enough to tell the king the dream’s meaning.

            The king had grown very strong and powerful but was going to be cut down as was depicted by the tree in his dream.  Then the dream went on to describe what was going to happen him.  He was going to be stricken with mental disease where he was going to think he was a wild animal.  He would act like that for a certain period before being healed of it.  After Daniel interprets the dream, he then encourages the king to repent of his wicked ways and acknowledge the true God of Israel.

Live it:

            Sharing the gospel can be an intimidating task if we let it be.  Daniel had to share a hard truth with the king.  This king is also prone to overreacting and his mood can change in an instant.  Daniel walking up to the king would have to take into account that he might lose his job or life depending on the king’s mood.  There are people in our lives that God has placed for us to share the gospel with them.  The truth of the gospel can mean bad news for an unbeliever because it means they will spend eternity apart from God.  But and this is a big one, it can also be the best news they ever heard.  If the accept the gospel, repent and begin a relationship with Jesus, they will be saved. 

            There are people in our lives that need to hear the gospel.  We may fear that we will hurt our relationship with them, we may lose our job, or something else may happen.  Did Daniel fear those things?  Yes, but he knew what God expected from him and he obediently told the truth.  He wanted the king to know the true God no matter what it meant for his own life.  Do you want others to know the love of God through Jesus Christ?  To what lengths are you willing to go to share and show that love?

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