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Wisdom From The Trees


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Looks into the life of King Nebuchadnezzar and what he contributed through writing to the bible. We take a look at his dream about the tree and how turning our eyes to heaven shows us the power of the God of the Now. Goes with the Rob Bell Video entitled "Trees"

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Wisdom From The Trees

  1. 1. Living Between the Trees
  2. 2. Alpha and the Omega
  3. 3. The Tree In The Middle • The Book of Daniel • Who is it written by? • Who was Daniel? • King Nebuchadnezzar • Conquered Israel • Destroyed Jerusalem • Exiled the People of God • Kidnapped Daniel • Serving Babylonian Empire
  4. 4. Kingdom In The Middle The ancient version of the Middle East
  5. 5. Nebuchadnezzar Wrote Daniel 4! King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation. I, Nebuchadnezzar...
  6. 6. But Why? To Share Wisdom With Us
  7. 7. In a Name: King Nebuchadnezzar His Name Means: “Oh god Nabu, preserve and defend my firstborn son” Who is Nabu? The Babylonian god of Wisdom and the Written Word Daniel is a prophetic writer Neby likes him for that reason
  8. 8. The Spirit of the Living God “I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you” – Daniel 4:18 – Daniel had the Holy God of Israel residing inside of him
  9. 9. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream I was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, the birds of the air lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.
  10. 10. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream In the visions I saw while lying in my bed, I looked, and there before me was a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven. He called in a loud voice: “Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.”
  11. 11. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth. Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by for him. 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. Daniel 4:4-5, 13-17
  12. 12. Daniel’s Interpretation This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 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. Daniel 4:24-25
  13. 13. Daniel’s Interpretation 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. 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. Daniel 4:26-27
  14. 14. Neby’s Dream In Other Words What happens to Neby when he becomes arrogant enough to think he has all the answers What happens when he believes that he is the reason for Babylon’s success
  15. 15. Neby Becomes Arrogant 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. “ – Daniel 4:31 –
  16. 16. Neby Becomes Arrogant You will be driven away from people and will live with 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” – Daniel 4:32 –
  17. 17. The Dream Is Fulfilled... Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird – Daniel 4:33 –
  18. 18. “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever...” – Daniel 4:34 – ...brings Repentance & Redemption
  19. 19. 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. – Daniel 4:36 – ...brings Honor and Splendor
  20. 20. 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. – Daniel 4:37 – ...brings Power through Humility
  21. 21. “We live between the trees in a world drenched in God.” -Rob Bell “...Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth.” -God to Neby in his dream (in Daniel 4:15) We are drenched in God
  22. 22. Live in the NOW! Daniel is given the gift of this interpretation because it was needed “for such a time as this.” He was AVAILABLE and WILLING for God to work through him in the HERE and NOW.
  23. 23. Live in the NOW! King Nebuchadnezzar could have chosen to live as God commanded He chose to take credit for what God had given God instantly took action reveal his glory back to him
  24. 24. If God decided he wanted to communicate with the King of Babylon, who overthrew, destroyed, raped, pillaged, and exiled the people of God... ...He may actually be interested in talking to YOU!
  25. 25. “The past is history, the future a mystery, but today is a gift... that is why it is called the present.” from the great philosopher Master Oogway Kung Fu Panda
  26. 26. God Is Now