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Nebuchadnezzar in one breathe praised the Lord and in another put gods above the living God.He called Daniel belteshazzar,knowing well that Daniel served God...also attributed Daniel's wisdom to the gods.One thing stands out through...like pharaoh was blessed because of Joseph,it seems Nebuchadnezzar was too because God warned him to repent and restored him after he did....could Daniel have been praying for him....kinda makes me wonder.
It's sad to see that the very things Paul warned against are happening today.Truly it is wise to continue to study God's word and live our lives accordingly.A lot of things have been changed from the original teachings,many things have been termed"not relevant to our present culture...May God give us the grace to go forward in the truth as it is...His truth doesn't change with time,it's eternal.One of the teachers in the bible study I go to says he's been reading through the bible in a year for 10 years....and still going...each time God gives him a deeper insight and it sure does show.I pray Mike's ministry will continue and God keeps him strong...God bless you mightily as you bless us Mike cos it does take time to study and find images for each daily post....
God bless you all

It's not difficult to imagine what Nebuchadnezzar felt. In which the wisdom have been drawn out for 10 year, and once it come back, facing the past beasty 10 years that he lives. I think at that time he know the way that the LORD said, which drive him out of the beasty way, is planed for his own good. That's why he take this teaching as gift and praise the lord, not the other way round.

I am a Chinese Speaker, so my English might be little bit strange. It's my first day of 1 year bible, and I would like to thanks for the one year bible idea and your blog. It lift up my quiet time quality and refresh my passion to his word.

With love in him,
Andrew

My thoughts on Daniel 4: This chapter describes how Nebuchadnezzar suffered through a mental breakdown or period of insanity that lasted for seven years. I think from this chapter we get two strong messages.

First, sin can bring on insanity. Sins such as false pride, jealousy, and anger can grow within us until they take over our body both physically and mentally. These sins can grow and take over one’s inner being until they displace one’s sense of logic. It is only through God’s love and our love of God that we have the strength and power to fight against and overcome these sins.

The second lesson is the earthly kingship of Nebuchadnezzar itself that was continued through these seven years of insanity. Even though he was unable to rule during those seven years, the people did not oust him from office. This in itself was unheard of and could even be considered a miracle! When his sanity returned and he was able to resume his kingly duties, the position was not only waiting for Nebuchadnezzar but the people still regarded him as their king. The lesson here for us is that there will be times in life, even though we try to fight them, when we will be overcome with negative feelings such as false pride, anger and jealousy. We need to recognize these negative feelings for what they are – sins – and we need to realize they will only be temporary and will never become a permanent part of our lives IF we continue to seek out and praise God while going through these emotional trials. God will not leave us during these times but instead He will stay with us and help us work through the problem. God will hold the righteous position open for us and welcome our return when the insanity is lifted!

God Bless,
Pat

Welcome Andrew to our One Year Bible Study. May it bring you many blessings! Your English is wonderful - it speaks of the love of God and God's Word and that in itself is a perfect language!

God Bless!
Pat

hi andrew

welcome to the one year bible blog community. It is challenging to stay with this wonderful spiritual discipline, but what makes it a bit easier is knowing that others are also on the same journey. The periodic postings can also provide a light form of accounability to engage with others around the world.

Being 53 years young :0), I found Psalm 119:112 a strong incentive to keep on keeping on in my devotion to the Lord--"My heart is set on keeping your decrees TO THE VERY END." One of the ways to stay faithful to keep on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:2 and 3:18) but also to have 'Peters' in my life who 'will always remind you/me of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have." 2Pet1:12

Can someone in the OYB community remind me of how we can send out an invitation to people to join us in reading the one year bible blog in 2007?? I think Mike sent something out and I must have missed it. I would love to send out a general invite to a bunch of people in my community.

haha! as i was reading your blog, i totally 4got which one gollom was...then i saw that pic, LOL!! "preccccciouuuus".

Anyhow, i love Daniel. Neb is a great example of what happens to ppl who are high and mighty and prideful (reminds me of Saddam, hiding in that little cave like a rat!). But Neb came TO his sanity and glorified God! None of us are immune from that. Look at the prodigal son who took his inheritance, went to town, partied it up and lost it all! he ended up living amongst swine and eating pig slop! he was reduced to an animal-like state. You can see the consequences of sinful living daily, very sad :( but if it brings then to the Lord, how marvelous!

2 Peter is amazing. We were studing Luke 22 tonight at church and just reading and seeing how peter was when he was with Jesus, to how he is later, the great man he became through the power of Christ. I always liked peter the best, he was earnest but made so many foolish mistakes, out of ignorance, but we all do! (like when Jesus was speaking figuratively of swords during the last supper, the disciples ran and grabbed swords: look lord, here are two! Jesus was like, oh boy! enough, haha.) But I think Peter's a great example of a simple man who stumbled early on but became bold and steadfast in his faith!

I love the psalms again! awesome! the word is indeed sweeter then honey....i crave it more and more everyday!

Back to Peter, this is right on! "As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life."

Studying His word daily, attending church, preferrably more then once a week, midweek is always a very healthy refresher, listening to radio or online ministires. Conversing with fellow believers about the Lord, talking with older Christians who have more insight/wisdom, writing down your insights or what spoke to you like in this comment field, listening to Godly music. Thats a big one for me. When i start listening to secular music, i start slipping...thats my own personal area though, i cant tell u the difference when i drive to work listening to Godly music, and praying before work...if i dont, i'm doomed! and be persistant...dont put stuff off!

I'm going not be liked for this, but I am not a believer in new year's resolutions. I say, why WAIT? do it now! For me, things like that fail. Like when I start exercsing, eating good, why wait til Jan 1? start now! why wait to put off God's word?? which is more important! I need it now!! everyday! Personally I think its a cop out and lazy going by my own experience. Sorry....i know ppl might not like that, but when it comes to the Lord, dont put it off! none of us are promised a new year!

Great teachings for the day!!!

I totally agree with my girlie Jenny!!! I feel exactly the same way about new year resolutions, why wait? If you want to do it, quit it, change it or whatever ... why wait? Do it now! Quit now! Change now! At the other hand ... I'm glad when people give up their bad habbits ... LOL But for me personally it doesn't work. So okay, that's for that ...

"Verse 19 makes a One Year Bible Blogger happy :)" ... well, that could've been me, cause the Old Testament is so hard to get through for me. I'm always reading the comments in the blogs and then read further and think "Ohhhhhhhhh right, now I get it!". But you know what; when I get it, I get it good! So that's positive!

I love Psalm 119:97 - Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

His law makes me a better person, His law makes me more aware of what's going on in my life and the lives of others. I became another person when I started to study God's law. It's beautiful!

Welcome Andrew! Luch & everyone, here's some wording below you can use in an email to friends or use in church bulletins to encourage folks to join us on the One Year Bible journey in 2007. Thanks! -Mike

You are invited to read the entire Bible in 2007!
Have you ever read the Bible cover to cover? Would you like to? 2007 can be the year that you make this spiritual goal happen! I encourage you to embark on the One Year Bible journey starting on Monday, January 1st 2007. The One Year Bible allows you to read through the entire Bible in 2007 by reading just 15 minutes a day from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It is a wonderfully easy daily habit that you can undertake in 2007! To sign up, please go to this website: www.OneYearBibleBlog.com You will then receive free weekly emails of commentary, encouragement and questions for reflection as you read through the entire Bible in 2007. You can either use your own Bible or you may want to pick up a Tyndale Publishers "One Year Bible" which divides up the daily readings in an easy to follow format. I hope you will take the One Year Bible journey in 2007!

Daniel 4:1-37

The LORD controls rulers, just as he determines the course of rivers. (Pro 21:1)

The first dream that Neb has that is recorded in Daniel, the court advisers are asked to not only interpret the dream but they are told to tell the king what he dreamed. Crazy? No. This message the king himself describes to his advisers. God set both the first and second dream in motion so that 1) Daniel could gain entrance to the court of the king as a much admired wise counselor and 2) confirms the trust placed in Daniel by the king. The problem with ole Neb is that in the face of God’s power he places the “god of heaven” on the same level as all the rest of Babylon’s gods. Bad move.

The dream and its interpretation, would have sent most men and women into a tizzy. However, Daniel speaks the truth to the king about what is about to happen to him if he doesn’t repent. How many people in their quest to be approved and liked by their superiors and peers, speak untruths or water down the truth so everyone will like them? Whether it is pride, greed or lust, sin is sin [The wages of sin (singular) is death. Rom. 6:23] and I will not speculate that it was pride that brought the king to the place where he lost his mind. Besides when someone is in sin, they are irrational, unreasonable and illogical no matter what the cause. Just like “back in the days” of the garden, it was good to eat and looked good and it was desirous to make her and hubby wise, (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride, wrapped up in one package) Gen. 3:6.

Let us also note that Neb’s sin was called out. He was warned! God desires our attention and He will send warning after warning, as we saw in the prophets. Nothing happens to us as a consequence when we are wallowing in our sin that we have not been warned about. The question is, are we paying attention to the signs and the voice of God?

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed. (Mat 16:2-4)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Mike--Is there a place for your repeat travelers to sign up again for 2007 or are do we just “act like” we belong here?

Good question Ramona. I am switching up email listservs once again - but, I think for 2007 and going forward people won't need to sign up again on the weekly email list as the Google groups one I think will work great for the long haul and folks that sign up once will just stay on until they unsubscribe.

So, for any 2006 travelers planning to continue on to 2007 with us - which I hope is all of you 2006 travelers! :) - please type in your email again in the upper left hand corner of this website to get on the 2007 email list. You may want to wait until the end of December to do this - as I'm sending the same weekly emails to both the 2006 & 2007 lists, so you'd get two of the same emails in December. Hopefully this all makes sense.

Also on the January 1, 2007 blog posting I will do a bit of a "roll-call" in this comments section to have repeat travelers identify themselves if they are participating in 2007 again. Watch the Jan 1 post for how this will work.

God bless,
Mike

What a blessing this page has been, and what a blessing those that comment have been!
Mae, what a beautiful thought about becoming a different person! Happy to know the new you. The only true response to Scripture is change!

II Peter 1

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Is this the progression?

Faith +

Goodness +

Knowledge +

Self-control +

Perseverence +

Godliness +

brotherly kindness +

love

What I mean is: If, like, infants, we walk before we crawl, will we have to go back and learn to crawl so that none of our developmental milestones are overlooked and, hence, prevent our progress in other areas?

If, for instance, we exercise perseverence in our faith, but have not mastered goodness, knowledge, and self-control, will we have to go back and grasp onto those principles in order to be effective and productive in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?

It looks like that to me.

17 " 'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.'

~~~The Most High is sovereign...setting them over the LOWLIEST of men.

24 "This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue."

~~ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE MOST HIGH IS SOVEREIGN OVER THE KINGDOMS OF MEN AND GIVES THEM TO ANYONE HE WISHES

Gives me confidence that all that is going on in the world is "covered" and that we can focus on God and not be weighted down by things about which we have no control. :)


31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."

~~Again, the Most high is sovereign (he rules!) and He alone has decreed who is in charge! Yea God!!!

35 All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: "What have you done?"

~~I think we sometimes try to judge God by "our" standards of fairness, yet as Paul says in Romans, the clay is not going to be able to dictate to the potter. :)


36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

~~~~Ouch! Hurts so good! :)

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