|Nebuchadnezzar had another dream that frightened him. Again
he was frightened enough to call all his counselors to interpret. This
time he remembered the dream. He called for Daniel when his "wise
men" could not tell him the meaning. Daniel knew that the meaning
could bring the king to cut off his head. He decided to be faithful to God
and describe what God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to know.
Small tree grew until it was very large. The large tree seen in the kings dream was so large that it was a nice place for birds to rest. Under it's shade, animals found relief from the sun. The tree grew enough fruit for everyone to have some.
came along and cut the tree down. There was no longer any refuge for
Daniel explained that the king was this tree. God was the One watching all the king did. He made it so many looked to the king for protection. Babylon was the center of knowledge of the world.
Because of the king's pride, he would be driven from men and eat grass for seven years.
first the king took the dream seriously. For several months he turned to
the Lord. He thought about being just a stump with no abilities.
Then he listened to his "wise men" who had other explanations. Finally one day he was even laughing at the idea that God had given him the vision. A voice from heaven announced his time had come. At that point he became crazy. There were not hospitals for mental sickness back then. He was chased away from people. He was a wild man and ate and lived in the field like a wild animal.
stump showed there were still roots. The old tree had some possibilities
yet never the same strength as when it had its leaves. It left a promise
that it would not be completely destroyed. The promise also stated that
Nebuchadnezzar would again be respected and rule the world after he had
Daniel 4:26 "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. "
the people in the kingdom of Babylon were amazed at how crazy he was. For
seven years he crawled around in the field growling and grunting and not
making any sense. His fingernails were long and curled like bird claws.
His hair became matted and long. Spit dripped out of his mouth and pasted
his beard together. He hat grass like an animal. Dew covered his body like
on animals in the field. For seven years he was humbled before the world.
the end of the seven years, Nebuchadnezzar lifted his eyes to heaven and
his understanding came back to him from heaven. He honored God and blessed
If we have a problem of pride, God knows just what to do to humble us. If we think we know everything and can't learn anything maybe we need a proud tree lesson. I hope it does not take something that drastic. Maybe we could learn from Nebuchadnezzar. We may need to go through losses of home, wealth, family members, or positions of honor in the world. Whatever it takes to keep us out of the traps of Satan and keep us teachable are the best things. We need to honor the God of heaven and not ourselves.
|The king was sorry for how he had acted. He told everyone about how God humbled him. No longer did he brag about his own works. He made a full surrender of his life to God.|
| It is amazing when you look
at who told this story for the Bible. Look at the way it is written! This
is the personal testimony, the story from the king himself. This is what
God wanted. The king was to tell the world that God was good, had mercy
and all authority.
Poor Daniel was so upset about the 7 year punishment that he could not talk about it for an hour.
Daniel 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
1. How many years did the king crawl, eat grass and act crazy?
2. What was mentioned as enjoying the shade of the tree with it was large?
3. How did the tree start out?
4. What happened to the big tree?
5. What character trait was God working on for king Nebuchadnezzar?
6. Did Nebuchadnezzar have to wait for someone to tell him what he had dreamed?
7. Why do you think the stump and roots were left of the tree?
8. Why do you think there was a band on the tree?
9. Describe the hair of the wild king and his nails.
10. Before the tree was cut down, what did the tree grow on it?
11. Who told this the story in the Bible record?
12. How long was Daniel too upset to explain the dream to the king?