Daniel 2:1-49 p. 822
What keeps you from resting well?
the Sleeplessness Daniel 2:1-12
…his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.
a seemingly impossible request v. 4-10
The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” v. 11
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. v. 12
the infuriating presence of limits
this isn’t just about Nebuchadnezzar
the Surrender Daniel 2:13-30
What does surrender look like?
seek mercy do you live a life of prayer? v. 17-18
go to sleep are you resting well? v. 19
worship God what gets your praise? v. 19-30
There is only one God who reveals the future, because there is only one God who controls the future. - Iain Duguid
How can you live a life of surrender?
the Stone Daniel 2:31-45
the trajectory of earthly kingdoms v. 36-43
What is your foundation?
the trajectory of God’s kingdom v. 44-45
Mark 4:30-32 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Luke 20:17-18 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
the Stewards Daniel 2:46-49
Will you steward well what you’ve been given?
“Alexamenos worships his god.”
Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”