Lessons Learned from Nebuchadnezzar

Dan 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

God’s purpose in putting Nebuchadnezzar through this ordeal was to show the king who God is.  Nebuchadnezzar during this point would have thought of himself as a god.  This idea was already established in ancient cultures starting with Nimrod in ancient Babylon as well as Egypt.  God humbled the proud king to show him who the boss really is.

Daniel 4 is the testimony of Nebuchadnezzar to the empire of what happened and to state that God is true.

Dan 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

This would have had an impact on the empire and it’s possible that many others may have come to known the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

God will bring people to their lowest point in some instances to try and get them to turn to Him.  Everybody has a different low point and will turn to God much sooner.  Some individual’s low point is far lower than others.  Some may go through many hardships, addiction, jail and near death before they come to the Lord.  Others are too proud and stubborn to ever come to faith.  Once they dig their heels in, all they do is shake their fist at God.

One individual comes to mind that shakes his fist at God that I’ve recently seen a documentary about.  This is Thomas Paine, an acquaintance of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as well as an outspoken deist.  He wrote the following in 1792:

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.”

As he was sick and dying, many Christians came to visit him to call for repentance and faith in Jesus.  He demanded witnesses in his room during each visit to ensure there were no stories of deathbed confessions.

It’s best to learn the easy lessons as eternity is a very long time to be wrong.