Daniel 4 Telling the Truth Sun 1st Nov
v37 “and those who walk in pride he [God] is able to humble”
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall
- Do you see pride as a good thing or a bad thing?
- Can you recall a time when you felt dramatically humbled (either publically or privately) in any way?
- Did anything good come from that humbling?
Give each person a piece of paper & pen, write the letters A > Z down one side, and ask people to think of different biblical names or descriptions of God that begin with each letter. E.g. A – Alpha, B- Beautiful, C-Creator ... You may have to be creative with one or two!
Alternatively you may prefer to do this altogether on one large sheet of paper.
- Read out the list and spend some time praising our amazing God.
Word: Read Daniel 4
- This chapter is unusual – see who wrote it, v1.
- How does Nebuchadnezzar‘s confession in v1-3 compare with those at the end of Ch 2 & 3.
- When things are going outwardly well in your life do you ever find yourself drifting away from God?
- Daniel was understandably very worried about interpreting the king’s dream. What things might have encouraged him to tell the truth?
- Nebuchadnezzar had truly repented of his sins as Daniel advised in v27, do you think God would have withheld his judgement or not?
- Why do you think God waits a whole year between the dream and its fulfilment?
- What specific things did God do to humble Nebuchadnezzar v33-34?
- What does Nebuchadnezzar have to do in order to be restored v25, 32, 34?
- What does this chapter teach us about how God works in people’s lives? (also check out Hebrews 12:4-13)
- Read Philippians 2:6-11. Jesus is the direct opposite of Nebuchadnezzar – he humbles himself and God exalts him. God calls us to share Christ’s character.
- Are there any areas of your life where you feel God is challenging your pride?
- Pray together
- specifically about those areas you feel God is challenging you about
- for one another that we might share Christ’s humility as we try to reach out to a broken world
- for those parts of the world struggling under oppressive leaders – ask for God’s dramatic intervention
Jo Levasier, 19/10/2009