Book of Daniel – the Lord Humbles King Nebuchadnezzar
There came a time when the Lord humbled King Nebuchadnezzar, and this is how it came to be. One evening the king was in his palace and dreamed a dream which made him very fearful, and troubled him very much, and so he sent for all the wise men in Babylon to see if they could explain to him what his dream meant. Daniel came to see the king, and the king knew that the spirit of God was in Daniel, and that he would be able to explain the meaning of the dream that king Nebuchadnezzar had.
And this was the dream. “I saw a very tall, strong tree which reached into heaven and was seen to the ends of the earth. It had beautiful leaves, and bore much fruit, and there was food for all. The animals sheltered beneath the tree, and the birds lived in the branches… then I saw a holy one come down from heaven and say ‘cut down the tree, cut off his branches, shake off his leaves and scatter his fruit, let the animals go away from under it and the birds leave its branches.. But leave the stump of the roots in the earth, and let its food be the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from a man’s and give him a beast’s heart, and let seven times (years) pass over him.’ This is so the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever he will, and sets up over it the lowliest of men.”
Daniel was troubled, but the king told him not to be troubled by the dream or the meaning of the dream. So Daniel told king Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of the dream:
And this is the meaning: “The tree that you saw is you, O King that are strong, for your greatness reaches up into heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. Where you saw a holy one come down from heaven, this is the meaning. You will be driven from men, and your home will be with the beasts of the field, you shall be made to eat grass as oxen do, and you will be wet with the dew, and seven times (years) will go by until you know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will. And where it was commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots, your kingdom you will have again after you come to know that the heavens do rule.” Daniel advised the king to show mercy to the poor, and to stop thinking he was righteous by his own strength.
But a year went by and the king spoke and said “Isn’t Babylon great because I have built it by my mighty power and for my own honour?” That very moment a voice came down from heaven saying “O king Nebuchadnezzar, the kingdom is departed from you.” And the king was driven from men, and he ate grass like the oxen do, and his body was wet with the dew, until his hair was as long as eagles wings, and his nails like birds’ claws, and at the end of the days Nebuchadnezzar lifted up his eyes to heaven, and his understanding returned to him, and he blessed the most High, and praised and honoured Him that lives for ever, whose dominion is everlasting, and whose kingdom is from generation to generation. And the king understood that the Lord does according to his will in heaven, and in earth, and none can stop what he does, or ask him why he does it.
So the king was brought again to rule over his kingdom but now King Nebuchadnezzar praised and honoured the King of heaven, whose works are truth, and who is the judge, and who is able to bring down those who walk in pride.
Memory Verse: Daniel 4:37 “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and honour the King of heaven, whose works are truth…and who is able to bring down those who walk in pride.”
1. What did Daniel tell the king to do after he told him the meaning of the dream? Answer: To show mercy to the poor and stop thinking he was righteous by his own strength
2. What did the king have to eat after he lost the kingdom? Answer: Grass
3. What happened to his hair and nails? Answer: His hair grew as long as eagles feathers, and his nails as long as bird’s claws
4. What did the king come to understand? Answer: That the Lord does according to his will in heaven, and in earth, and none can stop what he does, or ask him why he does it.