Saturday, July 16, 2016

Homiletics - Daniel 2


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Babylon              Who? Neb, astrologers, Daniel, Arioch, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), Azariah (Abednego)

1
2:1-3
2nd yr reign, Neb dreams, mind troubled, could not sleep; summoned mag/ench/sor/astrol; “dream troubles me, want know what means.”
2
2:4-6
Astrol: tell dream, we interp; king: I firmly decided if you not tell dream & interp, you cut into pieces, houses to rubble; if you tell dream/explain, you receive gifts/rewards/honor.
3
2:7-9
“Tell dream, we interp”; king: you trying gain time; if you not tell dream, one penalty, you conspired to tell misleading/wicked things, tell dream & I know you can interp.
4
2:10-13
Astrol: no one can reveal except gods; king angry, ordered execution of wise men; decree issued, men sent to D and friends to put to death.
5
2:14-16
Arioch, cmdr, out to put to death, D spoke w/wisdom/tact; “why such harsh decree”, Arioch explained; D to king, asked for time, interp dream.
6
2:17-23
D explained to HM&A, urged them plead for mercy from God, so not executed w/wise men; mystery revealed to D in vision, D praised God: praise name of God forever, wisdom & power His; changes times/seasons, deposes kings/raises up, gives wisdom/knowledge; reveals hidden things, knows what lies in darkness, light dwells w/Him; praise You, you given me wisdom/power, made know what we asked, dream of king.
7
2:24-25
D to Arioch: do not execute wise men, take me to king, I interp; Arioch took D to king: I found man among exiles who tell king dream.
8
2:26-30
K ask D: you tell dream/interp?  D: no man can, God reveals mysteries, has shown Neb days to come; mystery revealed not bec I greater wisdom, but so YM understand.
9
2:31-35
“Lg statue, head gold, chest/arms silver, belly/thighs bronze, legs iron, feet iron/clay; rock cut not human hands, struck feet/smashed; all broken, wind swept w/o trace, rock huge mt/filled earth.
10
2:36-40
“Now interp; you k of ks, God given you dominion/pwr/might/glory; you head gold; after kingdom arise inferior; 3rd kingdom bronze rule; finally 4th strong as iron, crush/break.
11
2:41-44
“Feet/toes clay/iron divided kingdom, part strong/part brittle; people mixture, not remain united; God set up kingdom never destroyed, endure forever.
12
2:45-49
“This meaning of rock, God shown future”; Neb fell before D: your G is G of gs, Lord of ks, revealer of mysteries; lavished gifts, (D) in charge wise men; @ D request, appt SMA admins.

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
2:1-13
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream troubles him, astrologers make him angry and he orders the execution of the wise men.
Principle:
Troubled, angry people make troubling decisions.
2
2:14-25
Daniel asked for time to interpret the dream, urges his friends to pray, receives a vision, praises God and is taken to the king.
Principle:
Prayer is the best way to face a problem.
Seeking prayer from friends is a valuable battle tactic.
Praying in concert for the same thing is powerful.
Praise is an appropriate response to receiving an answer to prayer.
3
2:26-35
Daniel reveals God and the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Principle:
God uses His people to reveal Himself to others.
4
2:36-49
Daniel reveals the interpretation to the king who glorifies God and rewards Daniel and his friends.
Principle:
When we do God’s will, His glory will be a result.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

God reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel, who praises God.

 

Aim:

TCMATK God actively reveals truth to those who ask

 

Application:

1
What action do you take when your dreams trouble you?
In what ways are you like Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men and how might you make those characteristics godly?
When have you made/been the victim of an impulsive or rash decision and how would you handle the same situation today?
2
What changes will you make today to deal more effectively with frightening situations?
What part does prayer play in your daily life?
How do you respond to God when He reveals something to you?
What revelation has God given you recently?
What does praising God look like for you?
3
What was your last witnessing experience like?
What will you start doing to reveal God to others more regularly?
4
How do you reveal God to others?
When was the last time God revealed Himself to you as the God of gods?
What sorts of things lead you to praise God?
How might you reward those who reveal God to you?

 

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