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1 Six Moral Conflicts – God’s Sovereignty is Victorious! Ted Barker

2 Summary Daniel and his friends are involuntary missionaries and yet God is Sovereign and delivers them so that He is glorified and His ways are demonstrated to mankind. Will you let Him do the same with you?

3 Goal “ … I stir up your pure minds … that ye may be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets … and the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” (2Peter 3:1-2) and for you to recognize, appreciate and anticipate that the Sovereignty of God will apply to your own life. Other references – 1Cor. 10:11

4 Main Theme The Sovereignty of God over the affairs of mankind and how it may apply to you. Pagan kings’ confessions: Daniel 2:47; 4:37; 6:26

5 Six Moral Conflicts No. 1:Between pagan Self-indulgence and obedient Abstinence in promoting health – Abstinence Wins: Daniel1:9; 1:17 No. 2: Between pagan Magi and heavenly Wisdom in the interpretation of dreams – Divine Wisdom Wins: Daniel 2:47 No. 3: Heathen Idolatry arrayed against loyalty to God – Loyalty to God Wins: Daniel 3:28

6 Six Moral Conflicts No. 4: A pagan king’s pride challenges Divine Sovereignty -- Sovereignty wins -The King is turned out to grass until he extols God: Daniel 4:37 No. 5:Impious sacrilege defies the Reverence for sacred objects Reverence wins: The handwriting on the wall. Belshazzar dethroned: Daniel 5:26 No. 6:Malicious plotting against both His saint and the Providence of God. Providence wins. The lions’ mouths are kept closed: Daniel 6: 22, 26, and 27

7 Prayer Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; 1Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8; Jeremiah 33:3 Hebrews 11:6

8 Introduction “Daniel” – God is my Judge (not a critic but One Who “sees” and determines causes). “Sovereignty” – Supremacy of Authority; royal rank, total independence, paramount Daniel and his friends were involuntary missionaries and were given a foreign name, lived in a foreign land, learned a foreign language, adapted to a foreign culture and be loyal to foreign monarchies.

9 Underlying Theme God’s sovereign power through miracles: One of 6 primary periods – the others are (i) Creation and the Flood, (ii) Patriarchs and Moses, (iii) Elijah and Elisha, (iv) Jesus and the Apostles, and (v) Time of the Second Advent -- authentication of Divine Purpose.

10 Conflict No. 1 Between Pagan self indulgence and conscientious abstinence in promoting health Abstinence based on God’s principles and for His Glory wins. Ref.: Daniel 1: 1-21; 1 Corinthians 10:31

11 Conflict No. 1 Daniel 1:1-2Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem and capture of vessels 3-4Eunuchs: selection, training and development 5 The king’s meat and wine – a bad thing? 6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah 7 New names as part of the brainwashing and indoctrination

12 New Names Daniel – God is my judge Hannaniah – The Lord is Gracious Mishael – Who is like the Lord Azariah – The LORD is my helper Belteshazzar – Bel protect the King Shadrach – Command of Aku (Babyl. God) Meshach – Who is what Aku is Abed-nego – Servant of Nego (a god of vegetation)

13 Conflict No Daniel “purposed in his heart”; favor favorable standing; the test 17-21God’s blessings; their interview with the king; outstanding results

14 GOD’S SOVEREIGN WISDOM EXCEEDS THE WORLD’S WISDOM! How does this apply to me? Am I being tempted by the world’s “enticements”? Who has my heart? 23:26 Where do I go to satisfy my appetites -- the world? Who do I honor? 1 Samuel 12:30b

15 Conflict No. 2 Between pagan magi and Heavenly Wisdom in the interpretation of dreams. Heavenly or Divine Wisdom Wins Ref: Daniel 2: 1-49

16 Conflict No. 2 Daniel 2:1-9Nebuchadnezzar’s troubling dream and seeking an interpretation 10-11The Chaldeans are “close” to knowing from whom to obtain an interpretation 12-14King’s fury and degree to slay the wise men 15-18Daniel’s respectful and wise response – more time and more prayer

17 Conflict No The secret interpretation revealed and Daniel’s blessing of God 24Daniel reveals he knows the interpretation 25-30Daniel meets with King Nebuchadnezzar and God is given credit 31-45The interpretation of the dream – gold: Babylonian; silver: Medo-Persian; brass: Greece; iron and clay: Roman empire-revived Roman empire; stone cutout without hands- Messianic Kingdom

18 46-47Nebuchadnezzar’s response – “God of gods” 48-49Promotion of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego

19 GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY PREVAILS AND LIVES ARE PRESERVED! How does this apply to me? When did wisdom come from God? How do I respond to answered prayer? Do I “almost” know God? Daniel 2:10-11; How must I be saved? Acts 4:12

20 Conflict No. 3 Heathen idolatry arrayed against allegiance or loyalty to God Allegiance and loyalty to God Wins Ref: Daniel 3: 1-30

21 Conflict No. 3 Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold 2-3 Summit meeting 4-5 Instructions how to worship 6 Consequences of failure to worship identified 7 The worship ceremony 8-12 Certain men accuse the Jews and approach the king

22 Conflict No The king’s furious response and his interview with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and his brash answer regarding “who is that God that will deliver you?” (again so close to the truth) Shadrach, Meshach and Abed- nego’s reply with unwavering faith and obedience to God 19-20Nebuchadnezzar’s furious response – hotter furnace, strong men

23 Conflict No. 3 21Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in their combustible attire 22The king’s men are consumed by the fire 23Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego are cast down into the furnace 24-26Nebuchadnezzar sees four men and calls for Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to come forth

24 Conflict No Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego’s lack of harm confirmed 28-30Nebuchadnezzar’s praise to the “God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed- nego”, the king’s decree and the promotion of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego

25 GOD’S SOVEREIGN PROTECTION EXCEEDS THE WRATH OF MAN! How does this apply to me? Am I willing to say “No” to the gods of this world and suffer the consequences and experience the blessings? Romans 12:1-2 How do you classify God? One of many? A god of someone else? Who have you chosen to give your heart to? Proverbs 23:26

26 Conflict No. 4 A pagan king’s pride challenges Divine Sovereignty Divine Sovereignty wins – the king is turned out to grass until he extols God Ref: Daniel 4: 1-37

27 Conflict No. 4 Daniel 4:1-3Nebuchadnezzar introduces his personal experiences which he describes as “wonders” of God 4-7Another dream that he wants interpreted; his men fail 8-9“But at last Daniel” and the king tells Daniel the dream 10-18Nebuchadnezzar describes the dream 19-26Daniel is astonished at the dream and interprets it

28 Conflict No Daniel urges the king to repent 28-33The dream unfolds and Nebuchadnezzar is driven to the fields 34-37Nebuchadnezzar’s restoration and manifold praise of God and his key acknowledgment – “those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

29 GOD’S SOVEREIGN WAYS NULLIFY THE KING’S PRIDE! How does this apply to me? Daniel encouraged Nebuchadnezzar “to break off his sin by righteousness and his iniquities by showing mercy” – Why? because God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to repent – is he showing me an opportunity to demonstrate repentance in some area of my life – for salvation? (Isaiah 55:7; Isaiah 64:6; 1Corinthians 1:30 – Righteousness provided by God.)

30 GOD’S SOVEREIGN WAYS NULLIFY THE KING’S PRIDE! Am I proud? Do I even look proud? Proverbs 6:16-17? Am I suffering the consequences of pride? Proverbs 11:2; 16:6; Am I succumbing to the pride of life? 1John 2:16; How shall I repent?

31 Conflict No. 5 Impious sacrilege defies reverence for Sacred Objects Reverence wins – “handwriting on the wall” and Belshazzar dethroned Ref: Daniel 5: 1-31

32 Conflict No. 5 Daniel 5:1-2Belshazzar’s feast; command to bring the gold and silver vessels 3-4 The vessels were used for drinking and the gods praised 5-7 The handwriting on the wall and call for interpretation

33 Conflict No Wise men fail, queen identifies Daniel and he is summoned An offer to Daniel and Daniel’s explanation and interpretation Daniel is rewarded and Belshazzar is dethroned and slain and Darius takes the kingdom

34 GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY DEMANDS THAT HE AND HIS OWN WILL BE REVERED How does this apply to me? Do I profane God, His name or the things of God? Am I being brought to sin by worldly pleasures? Has God been putting any “writing on the wall” for me to read? Psalm 38:4, 51:3

35 Conflict No. 6 Malicious plotting against both His saint and the Providence of God; God’s sovereignty results in His shutting the lions’ mouths. Ref: Daniel 6: 1-28

36 Conflict No. 6 Daniel 6:1-3Darius reorganizes and Daniel is preferred 4 Jealous princes attempt to find a fault (crime) against Daniel 5-9 They concur that they will only entrap Daniel by the law of his God (which they know by now, Daniel will adhere to) and thus plot successfully by duping the king 10-13Aware of the decree, Daniel prays, is observed and the men confront the king

37 Conflict No The king is displeased with himself and is pressured to follow through and put Daniel in the den of lions At the king’s command Daniel is put in the den of lions The king has a sleepless night and goes early to the den of lions

38 Conflict No The king has a sleepless night and goes early to the den of lions 21-23Daniel assures the king he is well because God has sent an angel and shut the lions’ mouths; the king rejoices 24Daniel’s accusers are cast into the den of lions and are consumed 25-28Darius issues a decree praising God and Daniel prospers

39 GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY GUARDS HIS OWN AND BRINGS PRAISES TO HIMSELF! How does this apply to me? Do I plot against what is God’s, intentionally or unintentionally? As an act of mercy, do I see God’s trying to persuade me to stopping fighting Him and submit to Him as even the Apostle did? Is my life so consistently godly that my enemies would know that they could entrap me by obedience, love and dependence ? Am I an epistle readable to all me? (2Cor3:2)

40 So What? GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IS PRESENT – WHAT HINDERS ME FROM EXPERIENCING IT?


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