THE student will notice that this entire chapter is included in the proclamation of Nebuchadnezzar to all nations and people. In this proclamation he relates his experience and closes with praise to the King of heaven for His faithful dealing and His just judgments.
1. “With what words did Nebuchadnezzar’s proclamation begin? Verses 1-3.
2. When he was at rest in his house, what did he see? Verses 4, o.
3. “Who did he call to interpret it? Verse 6.
4. What was the result? Verse 7.
5. Who came in at last to interpret his dream? Verse 8.
6. What request did he make to Daniel? Verse 9.
7. Why did he think Daniel was able to interpret his dream? Verse 9.14
8. Relate briefly the dream. Verses 10-18.
9. How was Daniel affected by the dream? Verse 19.
10. What interest did the king express for him?
11. What did Daniel answer to -this?
12. What did Daniel say that the tree represented? Verses 20, 22.
13. What was signified by the tree being hewn down? Verses 23-2o.
14. What is meant by the stem of the roots being left in the earth? Verse 26.
15. What counsel did Daniel give the king? Verse 27. (See note 1.)
16. What occurred at the end of twelve months? Verses 28, 29.
17. What words of pride did he utter? Verse 30.
18. What did a voice from heaven declare? Verse 31.
19. What lesson did the Lord wish to teach this proud king? Verse 32.
20. How long was it before the sentence was executed? Verse 33.
21. What was the king’s experience? Verse 33.
22. How long before his reason returned? Verse 34. (See note 2.)
23. What did he then do? Verse 34.
24. What lesson had he learned? Verse 35.
25. What was his experience after his reason returned? Verse 36.
26. How did he regard the God of heaven? Verse 37. (See note 3.)
1. THE counsel given the king by Daniel was clearly the counsel of God, for in another scripture the Lord gives the same counsel when He says, “Cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isa. 1:16, 17. The same thought is also expressed in James 1: 27. We are enabled to break off our sins by securing the righteousness of God by faith. Rom. 3:21, 22, 25.
2. IT is generally agreed among Bible scholars that a ” time ” in the book of Daniel and in the Revelation means a year. Josephus says that the seven “times” were seven years, and it will be noticed that the same expression, “seven times,” is used by the Lord when He tells Nebuchadnezzar plainly and in literal terms what his experience will be. (See verses 29-33.)
3. THE chastening of the Lord in Nebuchadnezzar’s case proved of great value to him. So far as the Scripture record is concerned it indicates that he proved loyal to God ever after. This case is certainly a very instructive one.
Next – The Handwriting on the Wall
Lesson 1 – Loyalty and Faith Rewarded
Lesson 2 – The Source of Wisdom
Lesson 3 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Lesson 4 – The Fiery Furnace
Lesson 5 – The Source of Power
Lesson 6 – The Handwriting on the Wall
Lesson 7 – Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Lesson 8 – The Vision of the Four Beasts
Lesson 9 – The Little Horn and the Judgment
Lesson 10 – Daniel’s Second Vision
Lesson 11 – The Time of the Judgment
Lesson 12 – The Time Explained
Lesson 13 – The Time of the End