Daniel 4

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Daniel 4

Overview

Nebuchadnessar’s second dream.

The story of king Nebuchadnessar’s madness in his dream is originally derived from a tradition about Nabonidus (556-539 BC), the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, his self-imposed exile at Teima in the Arabian desert.

This story is the second convert of king Nebuchadnezzar to God, following the first one after Daniel’s three friends were rescued from the fiery furnace (3:28-29).

A tree in his dream symbols King Nebuchadnezzar and his empire. It is the world-tree at the center of the earth disk, whose branches touch the heavenly vault and stretch in all directions, the source of food for all creatures on earth. A messenger, a holy one is a celestial being executing the sentence by God. Daniel’s interpretation of the dream explains the fate of King Nebuchadnezzar to live like an animal in the field as divine act of punishment for seven times.

His dream convert King Nebuchadnezzar to praise God of Heaven. The story ends as it began, with a doxology. He is restored to his former position, witnessing that God is greater than his own empire.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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