Bible Lesson

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Online Bible Study
3-29-20
“There Is a God in Heaven” Daniel 2:1-30

How to participate (if possible do this with others so that you can have some Spirit led discussion. If you are alone, it would be a good idea to write out your answer to the questions):


A. Pray and ask God to illuminate the Scripture for application in your life.


B. Read the selected text.


C. Click the streaming audio link. Pause the audio to give yourself time to reflect on any questions. 
[If you prefer you can read the lesson outline below. Just be aware it’s just a lesson plan and not written as an essay]


D. Email or text me if you have questions and/or comments and I will try to post them and my replies in the space below.


E. Do the homework over the coming week.

 

Lesson #2  Daniel Chapter 2 (verses 1-30) “There Is a God in Heaven”

 

Welcome! Did you do the homework from last week’s lesson? How did it go?

There are great parallels between the story of Daniel and of Joseph. And I will refrain from every detail but kings having dreams with no one to interpret is a strong similarity

    1. There is one key difference though–Nebuchadnezzar can’t remember the dream (or at least won’t share it!)
      1. Dreams are hard to remember
    2. Vs 10 the astrologers say, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks….No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans”
      1. Imagine how the advisers must have felt
      2. What is your response to impossible tasks and unreasonable people? 
      3. Nebuchadnezzar, may not always be reasonable, but he is the king. And he orders all the wise men to be executed.
  1. Daniel finds out what’s going on. What is Daniel’s response?
    1. What is the first thing you do when you hear about bad news coming your way?
    2. Daniel told his friends and verse 18 “He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.”
    3. Why do you suppose Daniel pleaded for mercy?
      1. Mercy is the withholding of a punishment due
      2. The dictionary says, “compassion or forgiveness show toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm”
      3. It’s kindness shown when condemnation is due
      4. Pretty good prayer focus.
      5. Even before I was preparing this lesson, it seemed laid on my heart to seek God’s mercy on our world.
        1. We can’t say we don’t deserve it (even though some people say that—they measure sinfulness differently than God does)
        2. Let us pray for mercy then, not just for ourselves but for the world
  2. Daniel receives mercy! It shouldn’t surprise us–God is a God of mercy! Have you ever once humbly asked God for forgiveness and not been given it?
    1. Daniel is told the dream and what it means and we will get to that but first look at verses 20-23
    2. It’s Daniel’s doxology. A little bit of praise and worship that breaks out when you get a glimpse of God.
    3. You know why you don’t have to know everything? Because you know the One who does know everything.
    4. And you know He’s merciful
  3. Daniel tells the king that he knows the dream and it’s meaning. Daniel is careful to not take credit
    1. He doesn’t say, “I figured it out!” “I am wise enough to explain it to you!” Why not?
      1. Humility
      2. God acts to reveal His glory
        1. The Babylonian’s knew little to nothing about the One True and Living God.
        2. Remember they thought there were MANY gods and that divine beings didn’t visit earth
        3. They didn’t know there is only one God and God does care about the people of earth
        4. No way they could have know that because of God’s great love for humanity God Himself would come to earth to live a human life. Not just to speak or teach, but to actually die for our sins.
      3. How can you, like Daniel, allow God’s actions in your life to bring God glory?
    2. Daniel reveals an important thing about God to the king
      1. “There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries”
      2. Daniel explains that God is communicating with Nebuchadnezzar
      3. Consider a time when you had an opportunity to share something about God with an unbeliever or even help them see the activity of God in their own life?
  4. We are going to pause here for today, next week—Lord willing— we will pick up with the dream itself and what it means
    1. But consider what we have learned:
      1. Life sometimes confronts us with impossible situations–godly people respond with prayer
      2. God will help us in our trials
      3. As believers we should function as ambassadors for Christ, helping unbelievers come to understand and know God.
        1. We do that by sharing what we know/experience
        2. And by helping them recognize God’s activity in their own lives
          1. One of the most effective approaches to evangelism is to discern what God is already doing in a person’s life and glorify God
      4. And most importantly of all we have seen, that there is a God in heaven and He is a God of mercy!

 

Homework

A. Pray Daniel’s doxology (Daniel 2:20-23) every morning for at least the next 7 days.

B. Take note of anything God shows you and write it down

C. Pray for God to have mercy

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