Defender of Deity

Nebuchadnezzar moves closer to God.

Daniel 3 (6)

Introduction

Just a few years prior to the events of Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar had torn down and burned the temple of God, stolen its most precious artifacts to use them in worshiping his own god, and carried away the servants of the Lord into captivity in Babylon. But God has been at work in Nebuchadnezzar, and He’s not finished yet.

Review 2 Kings 25.1-21.

Read Daniel 3.28-30.

Think it Through

1.  Compare Nebuchadnezzar’s response in verse 28 with that of Daniel 2.47. How are they different? This may not yet indicate true faith, but it seems that Nebuchadnezzar was moving away from his views in 2 Kings 25.1-21 toward something different. Explain. Does this sort of thing happen in other people? Does conversion to saving faith always come suddenly, or can it be more gradual? How should this guide you in thinking about how you work your Personal Mission Field?

2.  Nebuchadnezzar intended to be the destroyer of God in 2 Kings 25.1-21. Here he positioned himself as the defender of the Deity (v. 29). But is he now submitting to God in humble obedience? Or is he using God for his own purposes? Explain. People use God without truly submitting to Him in various ways. Can you give an example? Is that a safe thing to do? Explain.

Meditate
“Before this, when they said, ‘We will not serve your gods,’ he was inflamed more fiercely than the very furnace; but now, when by their deeds they had taught him this, he was so far from being indignant that he praised and admired them for not having obeyed him! So good a thing is virtue that it has even its enemies themselves to applaud and admire it!” John Chrysostom (344-407 AD)

So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” Luke 23.47

Lord, give me patience, wisdom, and grace as I work with the people in my Personal Mission Field to…

Pray Psalm 115.12-18.

Psalm 115.12-18 (Plainfield: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus)
Blessings from our gracious Lord – ever to Your Name be glory –
Will attend us evermore – ever to Your Name be glory!
Bless all who fear You, Lord, all who obey Your Word,
All who Your Name adore: Ever to Your Name be glory!

Grant us, Savior, great increase – ever to Your Name be glory!
Bless us with eternal peace – ever to Your Name be glory!
Heaven and earth are Yours; let every soul adore
And bless You evermore: Ever to Your Name be glory!

T. M Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All psalms for singing adapted from The Ailbe Psalter. All quotations from Church Fathers from Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT. 

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