Posted May 27, 2009
Let us continue our study of the book of
Daniel. Our theme is Big God Theology. My, what a big God these four
men worshipped with all of their hearts.
We turn our attention today to a
section of Daniel that deals with Nebuchadnezzar’s sin. In Daniel
4:19-27 we find this Big God to be ‘The God Of Restoration’.
Restoration involves the necessity of patience, perseverance, and
persistence on the part of the restorer over the one being restored.
Man is not easily restored. The God of Restoration looks for genuine
repentance from the one who needs to be restored. Repentance is a
radical change of mind about sin, which results in a 180-degree turn
away from that sin.
As we begin to look at the
restoration process I see in our meditation ‘The Stumping Of The
King’. In verses 22-23 of chapter 4 I find a ‘Picture
Rehearsed About Stumping’. Oh, how this king has been given
multiple opportunities to repent. There was the dream of the stone
that is a glorious picture of the Rock of Ages. The fourth man in
the fire is truly a glimpse of the Son of God. Yet he lifts himself
up in pride that all he has is of his own doing. God has enough in
verse 23 and sends the watchman to cut him down like a tree but
leaves a stump. The watchman is to chain him to the stump as a brute
beast for seven years. Our God knows how to stump the proud of this
world. I am reminded of Peter’s three denials. The text said that
Peter denied Him again and again and again. When we fail to listen
to our Lord’s strong call to repentance we leave Him no choice but
to leave us stumped.
In verse 27 of this stumping
process I find ‘A Plea About Repentance From Sin’. The king
is told to ‘break off’ his iniquities and sins. The phrase ‘break
off’ means to disconnect by rending or tearing in pieces by a
very violent action. We cannot embrace sin. It will stump us beyond
belief. The word ‘sin’ means to miss the mark so as not to
share in the prize. The word ‘iniquities’ means to step over
the designated boundary line set down by God. How can one deal with
sin and iniquity and bypass stumping?
The king is told to break off sin by righteousness.
Righteousness speaks of that which can only be imputed by Christ.
Christ came, took one shot and hit the bull’s eye dead center. He
robed me in righteousness, handed the bow to me and said to make His
shot my shot and smile for the picture. This position, when reckoned
upon, frees one from the practice of sin and iniquities. Iniquities
are conquered by showing mercy. The mercy of God is Him withholding
from us what we deserve. When one meditates on mercy he is freed
from all practice of iniquity. What is to be gained by this victory?
The text says in verse 27 that there will be the ‘lengthening of the
tranquility’. The phrase means to make longer ones security and
prosperity of clean hands and a pure heart. God is pleading with man
to repent. How can we do less that repent? Let us turn from every
sin less we hear the spiritual chain saw of the watchmen coming to