Live humbly - Daniel 4
This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 8th November 2020.
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Daniel 4 “Live Humbly” Handout
Intro: An astonishing press conference.
1) Let God’s word disturb our proud contentment (1-18)
2 awesome encounters with God and yet no heart change
- But there is a God in heaven
- A God who “mocks proud mockers but shows favour to the humble and oppressed.” Proverbs 3v34
- A God who has to “come down” to deal with humanity
Nebuchadnezzar is in a better position disturbed in verse 18 than content in verse 4
2) Genuine humility will lead to genuine obedience (19-33)
“Genuine humility will mean that God will not remain in your head simply as the ruler of the universe far away but he will reign in your heart as the ruler of every part of your being.”
- Daniel is ‘perplexed’ (appalled, astonished, dismayed, upset) because of the consequences for Nebuchadnezzar.
- But Nebuchadnezzar desperately needs to be humbled so that his heart is changed.
- Daniel is humble in how he delivers God’s word.
Terrible pride: “All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar.”
Conclusion: God humbles before he lifts up (v34-37)
Nebuchadnezzar is in a better position in verse 33 than verse 4
- Because of who God is.
- Because the God who does what he pleases humbled himself to save proud people.
- Because God the King lifts his people high up in Christ.
Daniel 4 “Live Humbly” Home Group Questions
1. Why do Christians sometimes have the reputation for being self-righteous and proud? What different verses in Daniel 4 challenge our sinful pride?
(Optional follow-up question: In what ways should visitors to CC Riverside see that we are humbled by the gospel? (Think of the words we use, the arrangement of our services, the actions and attitudes of the people there).
2. Why was it so easy for Nebuchadnezzar to be proud (think of what sin does to our hearts and think of his talents and achievements)? Why is it easy for the people we live amongst to be proud and content?
3. Why is Nebuchadnezzar in a better position in verse 18 than in verse 4? Why is he in an even better position in verse 33? How should this encourage us to speak to our neighbours (But bear in mind how Daniel did this with humility)?
4. How does the gospel of Jesus Christ both humble us and then lift us up? Share some of the privileges that we have as Christians.
5. What areas of life are Christians often content to be in control of? (What areas are you currently ruling rather than God ruling?) How should God’s sovereignty and goodness encourage us to give these areas to him?
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