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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 16 No. 21    Full Of HIS GLORY???

 

We’ve been considering Daniel and his friends and their love for God as well as their character before God and man.  As I was considering this week, I heard a message on Isaiah chapter 6 when Isaiah saw “the Lord, high and lifted up”; and when we look up and draw near to God, we will see His glory as well.  But the thing I want us to consider is in line with something I often say as I greet people’s question of “how are you”, I usually respond by saying, “I’m blessed beyond measure”; and sometimes when occasion presents itself, I am able to remind someone of another aspect of being blessed, as I share this, “We’re all blessed, we’re just not all paying attention!

Isaiah was paying attention, and I’d like to share just a few verses from chapter 6 that tie in with what we’re looking at today.

In the year that king Uzziah died

I saw also the Lord

sitting upon a throne,

high and lifted up,

and his train filled the temple.

2 Above it stood the seraphims…

…3 And one cried unto another, and said,

Holy, holy, holy,

is the LORD of hosts:

the whole earth is full of his glory.”  Isaiah 6:1-2a & 3

All we have to do is look at the world by the help of The Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit that has been given to every believer.  But the problem is most people are looking inward and toward other people rather than looking at The Creator of all things!  Do we truly desire to see The Glory of God?  Or are we satisfied with our “own point of view”?

Give unto the LORD

the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD

in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the LORD

is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

the LORD is upon many waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;

the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.”   Psalm 29:2-4

The glory of the LORD

shall endure for ever:

the LORD shall rejoice

in his works.”  Psalm 104:31

The question is, will we give him “the glory due unto his name”?  Will we “worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”?  Nebuchadnezzar had seen the “glory of The Lord” in Daniel and his friends, but instead of looking at The God of glory, he took God’s glory and reveled in it for himself.  But God knew how to humble this arrogant, ill-tempered king; and HE knows how to bring us to see truth if we ill but heed His Word and His work in our hearts and lives!  Let’s consider Nebuchadnezzar’s experience with the Lord God Almighty of all creation.  While we won’t go into detail of the dream and its meaning, we will look at the effect on this King of Babylon and see the difference in his testimony. May we learn to seek HIM in all we do!

Nebuchadnezzar the king,

 unto all people,

nations,

and languages,

that dwell in all the earth;

Peace be multiplied unto you.

2 I thought it good to shew

the signs

and wonders

that the high God

hath wrought toward me.

3 How great

are his signs!

and how mighty

are his wonders!

his kingdom

is an everlasting kingdom,

and his dominion

is from generation to generation.

4 I Nebuchadnezzar

was at rest in mine house,

and flourishing in my palace:

5 I saw a dream

which made me afraid,

and the thoughts upon my bed

and the visions of my head

troubled me.

6 Therefore made I a decree

to bring in all the wise men of Babylon

before me,

that they might make known unto me

the interpretation of the dream.”   Daniel 4:1-6

Much like the encounter of chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him; hence he calls for his wise men who were unable to interpret his dream until Daniel came in and revealed the dream’s meaning to him.  While we won’t take time in this lesson today to consider the dream in particular, I do want to make sure we understand the heart of Daniel; the young man who has been in service to this king for some time—still captive in a foreign land—yet a man of compassion and concern for his superior.  Grasp the import of Daniel’s response to the king upon realizing the meaning of the dream.

Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar,

was astonied for one hour,

and his thoughts troubled him.

The king spake, and said,

Belteshazzar, let not the dream,

or the interpretation there of,

trouble thee.

Belteshazzar answered and said,

My lord,

the dream be to them that hate thee,

and the interpretation thereof

to thine enemies.”  Daniel 4:19

Daniel knew that the interpretation meant judgment for the king, and the interpretation would be difficult.  But we see two things here (two main things for our purposes) Daniel’s compassion toward King Nebuchadnezzar, and the integrity of a man whom Nebuchadnezzar trusted to speak truth.  What do others think about us?  Do they trust us (can they trust us) to speak the truth even when it is difficult or even seemingly hurtful to those to whom we minister?  Also, Daniel had the courage to call the king to repentance and to trust to God’s mercy and grace!

This is the interpretation, O king,

and this is the decree

of the most High,

which is come upon

my lord the king:

25 That they shall drive thee from men,

and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts

of the field,

and they shall make thee to eat grass

as oxen,

and they shall wet thee

with the dew of heaven,

and seven times shall pass over thee,

till thou know

that the most High ruleth

in the kingdom of men,

and giveth it

to whomsoever he will.

26 And whereas they commanded

to leave the stump of the tree roots;

thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee,

after that thou shalt have known

that the heavens do rule.

27 Wherefore, O king,

let my counsel be acceptable unto thee,

and break off thy sins

by righteousness,

and thine iniquities

by shewing mercy to the poor;

if it may be a lengthening

of thy tranquillity.”  Daniel 4:24-27

God’s judgment was pronounced on Nebuchadnezzar to bring him to see and recognize “the whole earth is full of his glory”—to know Daniel’s God for himself.  Let’s go back to Nebuchadnezzar’s response to God’s prophecy—much like our responses to God sometimes—caught up in “self” not God!

At the end of twelve months

he walked in the palace

of the kingdom of Babylon.

30 The king spake, and said,

Is not this great Babylon,

that I have built

for the house of the kingdom

by the might of my power,

and for the honour of my majesty?

31 While the word was in the king’s mouth,

there fell a voice from heaven, saying,

 O king Nebuchadnezzar,

to thee it is spoken;

The kingdom is departed

from thee.

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.

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.” Daniel 4:29-33

God’s judgment fell, and fulfilled its time, and by the King’s own testimony HE saw and acknowledged the God of heaven.

And at the end of the days

I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes

unto heaven,

and mine understanding

returned unto me,

and I blessed the most High,

and I praised and honoured him

that liveth for ever,

whose dominion

is an everlasting dominion,

and his kingdom is from generation

to generation:

35 And all the inhabitants of the earth

are reputed as nothing:

and he doeth according

to his will in the army of heaven,

and among the inhabitants of the earth:

and none can stay his hand,

or say unto him, What doest thou?

36 At the same time my reason

returned unto me;

and for the glory of my kingdom,

mine honour and brightness

returned unto me;

and my counsellors and my lords

sought unto me;

and I was established

in my kingdom,

and excellent majesty

was added unto me.

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.”  Daniel 4:34-37

So, my question for us today is, “Are we full of the glory of God—do we live with the “beauty of holiness”?  Or are we settling for the passing ‘glory’ of the world?  It’s your choice, but choose wisely, there is a test.

Love not the world,

neither the things

that are in the world.

If any man love the world,

the love of the Father

is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world,

the lust of the flesh,

and the lust of the eyes,

and the pride of life,

is not of the Father,

but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away,

and the lust thereof:

but he that doeth the will of God

abideth for ever.”  1 John 2: 15-17

I pray that God will draw each of us near to HIS heart, that we might see HIS glory, and reflect HIS glory in all we do.

But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye

stedfast,

unmoveable,

always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour

is not in vain in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,

 or whatsoever ye do,

do all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

Amen!!!