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The Kings of Babylon: The Seduction of Pride

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September 11, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Kings of Babylon: The Seduction of Pride

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  • We talk about our God is the God of the second chance.
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  • It's a wonderful saying, but really,
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  • He's the God of the second millionth chance.
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  • And He does that with all of us
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  • and it's not just His chosen people.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're gonna begin a series
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  • called, "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • There were four kings of Babylon during the exile.
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  • The exile is the 70 year time when God took Israel
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  • out of the land of Israel and took em captive
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  • into the land of Babylon.
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  • Now, please hear me, because I really want you
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  • to hear what my burden is.
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  • God was disciplining or correcting His children
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  • for something, but He was not punishing them.
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  • God does not punish.
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  • If you have a version that uses the word punish,
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  • it's incorrect.
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  • He disciplines. And there's a difference.
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  • He doesn't punish us because He already punished His Son
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  • on the cross for our sin.
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  • But He disciplines, the Bible says, as a loving Father.
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  • Some of us did not have loving discipline growing up;
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  • so because of that, we don't understand what that means.
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  • Hopefully, you're in healthy body now.
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  • Hopefully if you've been attending here
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  • you've had someone in your life that has lovingly corrected you
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  • in an area and you walked away feeling adjusted
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  • and that you needed that adjustment
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  • but you also felt loved. So that's what God does.
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  • So I want you to understand, God took Israel
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  • out of the land for 70 years.
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  • And so many people think He was punishing em. No.
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  • He did it for their good, because they had not
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  • let the land rest every seven years
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  • like they were supposed to.
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  • And for those of you who are mathematicians,
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  • you've already figured out now how long they went.
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  • He took em out for 70 years.
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  • They missed 70 Sabbaths, because every seventh year
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  • you're supposed to let the land rest.
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  • And they missed 70, every seven years.
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  • So 70 times seven is 490. So they did --
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  • They went 490 years without letting the land rest.
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  • Now, just a little question.
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  • If you went, if you did something for 490 years,
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  • would you begin to think that you were getting away with it?
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  • Not with God.
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  • And it's, again, not because of Him;
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  • it's for your good.
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  • Because scientists have told us if you don't let the land rest,
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  • it becomes less and less fertile.
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  • Israel today could be a barren wilderness if God
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  • had not allowed the land to catch up and to rest.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • So anytime God is adjusting you, He's doing it for your good.
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  • And for the good of your descendants.
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  • That's what you need to know.
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  • But during that time, when God is adjusting something
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  • in your life, Satan is always attacking.
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  • And one of the things that God is doing,
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  • even when He's correcting you is He's still protecting you
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  • and providing for you during that time,
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  • because think about -
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  • We have two famous stories in Daniel
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  • while they were being corrected by God
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  • where God still protected His people, very famous.
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  • Even people who don't go to church
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  • know these two stories: Daniel in the lion's den
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  • and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • So, the title of today's message is The Seduction of Pride.
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  • The attack of the enemy that came through
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  • Nebuchadnezzar was pride.
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  • By the way, pride is what caused Lucifer to fall;
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  • pride is how Adam and Eve were attacked.
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  • Lucifer said, If you eat this, you'll be like God.
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  • And Lucifer even attacked Jesus with pride.
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  • Of course, it didn't work with Jesus because he said,
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  • If You are the Son of God.
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  • He tried to get Him to fall to pride.
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  • So pride is one of the first attacks that comes against
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  • God's people.
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  • So here are three ways that tries to seduce us. Alright.
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  • Here's number one... not giving God the glory.
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  • You will allow pride a foothold,
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  • a stronghold in your life by not giving God the glory.
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  • So Daniel 1:1, In the third year of the reign
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  • of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
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  • came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
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  • Now, watch this verse carefully.
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  • And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand.
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  • The Lord gave the king of Judah
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  • into Nebuchadnezzar's hand. Why?
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  • Because He was disciplining His children.
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  • He was going to let the land rest for the future good
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  • of His people, of His children.
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  • Right? But the Lord did this.
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  • But Nebuchadnezzar did not give God glory for it.
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  • See, that's pride.
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  • So let me give you another definition of pride.
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  • Pride is not giving God glory for everything
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  • you have in your hand.
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  • Everything you have in your hand, God put there.
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  • And when you begin to think that your intellect
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  • or your ability or your smartness or your training
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  • or your skill earned it -- Now, we do try those things.
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  • But listen.
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  • You've got to remember, you didn't choose your genetics.
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  • You didn't choose your quotient of intelligence.
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  • You may have improved your intelligence,
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  • you may have worked very hard and studied very hard,
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  • but you didn't choose what I.Q. you started with
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  • and the ability to learn. You didn't choose that.
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  • You didn't choose your environment.
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  • You didn't choose in which country you were born.
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  • You didn't choose any of that.
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  • So everything that we have comes from God.
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  • Not recognizing this is not giving God the glory.
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  • Here's how Daniel gets included in Shadrach,
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  • Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • And I'm going to tell you in a moment,
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  • Daniel is his Israeli, is his Hebrew name.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are actually
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  • their Chaldean names, which Chaldea conquered Babylon.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar was a Chaldean king,
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  • and a lot of people don't realize that.
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  • Chaldea, by the way, is where God called Abraham out of.
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  • He was born a Chaldean and God called him out of there.
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  • And that's where the Hebrew nation came from.
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  • But here's how these young men, these four young men
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  • that God uses, here's how God began a process of life.
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  • Because Nebuchadnezzar was trying to put pride
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  • into their life.
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  • Satan was trying to do it through Nebuchadnezzar. Okay.
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  • We stopped at verse two a moment ago in Daniel 1.
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  • Look at verse three.
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  • Then the king instructed Ashpenaz,
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  • the master of his eunuchs,
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  • to bring some of the children of Israel
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  • and some of the king's descendants
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  • and some of the nobles, young men in whom
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  • there was no blemish, but good-looking...
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  • I probably would have been taken if I had been there.
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  • That's not that funny.
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  • I don't think you should have laughed at that.
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  • I thought you should have said, Oh yeah, sure,
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  • sure, of course.
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  • ...gifted in all wisdom...
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  • Yeah, I probably would have been taken.
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  • ...possessing knowledge and quick to understand...
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  • Yeah, that's like my resume. Alright.
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  • And y'all know I'm joking.
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  • ...who had ability to serve in the king's palace,
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  • and home they might teach the language
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  • and the literature of the Chaldeans.
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  • The language and the literature.
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  • Now, I just want you to know that Satan is always trying
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  • to teach the next generation a different language
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  • and a different literature.
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  • Now, I want you to think about it.
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  • Even now, he's changed the meanings of words
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  • in our language and he's trying to tell the next generation
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  • that that's not what our founding fathers meant.
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  • And our founding fathers did mean for us
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  • to be a nation that is, has freedom of religion,
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  • not freedom from religion.
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  • So that's exactly what he's trying to do.
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  • So you can see it right there in Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • And then, if you look at verse six and seven,
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  • you see where they got their names.
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  • From among the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah,
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  • Mishael... It is Mishael.
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  • It is a man's name; not Michael,
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  • but it is Mishael in this instance.
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  • There is one translated Michael.
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  • It's a little different in the Hebrew.
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  • ...and Azariah.
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  • Now, you're saying, I don't know
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  • who those are, so you'll --
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  • That's Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names:
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  • he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar;
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  • to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach;
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  • and to Azariah, Abednego.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • I heard one young pastor preached on My-shach,
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  • Yo-shach, and A-bungalow.
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  • [laughter]
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  • So Nebuchadnezzar then has a dream
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  • and he calls the wise men in and he says,
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  • Tell me not only the interpretation of the dream,
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  • but tell me the dream, which shows the pride
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  • that he walked in, because he did not recognize
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  • the supernatural.
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  • He thought, If you're intelligent,
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  • you should be able to do this.
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  • Intelligence had nothing to do with it.
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  • And so, they said, Well, what you're saying is impossible.
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  • So he actually sends out an edict,
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  • which many people don't know, for every young man,
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  • all these wise men, to be killed.
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  • And they go to get Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach,
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  • and Abednego to kill em.
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  • And Daniel said, Whoa, hold on.
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  • Why are we going to get killed?
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  • He said, Well, because none of the wise men
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  • can tell the king his dream.
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  • And Daniel says, Well, my God can.
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  • So they bring Daniel in front of the king.
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  • This is Daniel 2 now, verse 26.
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  • The king answered and said to Daniel,
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  • whose name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to make known to me
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  • the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?
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  • Now, watch this. Are you able to do this?
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  • Are you able to do this?
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  • Daniel answered in the presence of the king and said,
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  • 'The secret which the king has demanded,
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  • the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians,
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  • and the soothsayers, they cannot declare to the king.'
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  • They can't do it.
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  • But, listen to what he says,
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  • there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets...
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  • You see the balance? Listen.
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  • The balance is -- What he's saying is,
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  • Listen; no, God can do it... but He can use me.
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  • So not giving God glory.
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  • Here's number two, seduction of pride:
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  • not rejecting the glory of men.
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  • Not rejecting the glory of men,
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  • because men will try to give you glory.
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  • Now, yes, it's okay to honor someone.
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  • But there's only one person who gets glory.
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  • And we're going to read in just a moment where He says,
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  • I don't share any of it either;
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  • I won't share glory with anyone.
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  • And that's what Lucifer tried to do was take glory.
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  • And that's why he fell from heaven.
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  • So Daniel interprets this dream.
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  • Part of this dream is about a figure of a man and about --
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  • It's the kingdom and he talks about the future kingdoms
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  • and he goes all the way down to feet of clay. Alright.
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  • If you remember the dream.
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  • So then, Daniel --
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  • Watch what Nebuchadnezzar does. So I read you --
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  • Well, the last verse of chapter two,
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  • it talks about him interpreting the dream.
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  • And Nebuchadnezzar puts out an edict to all of Babylon
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  • to worship the God of Daniel.
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  • That's the end of chapter two.
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  • Chapter three, verse one, Nebuchadnezzar the king
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  • made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits
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  • that's 18 inches a cubit; so that's 90 feet,
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  • and its width six cubits, so that's nine feet.
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  • So it's nine feet at its base, 90 feet tall.
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  • So many people have said if this was an image
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  • of Nebuchadnezzar, it would have been a really tall,
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  • skinny dude. You know?
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  • But we don't really know what it was.
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  • But most believe it was made of gold and the image,
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  • the dream that he had was, had a gold head.
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  • And he said, This is you.
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  • So many people think that at the top of this monument
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  • was an image of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • You understand what I'm saying?
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  • We don't know for sure, but that's what most people think.
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  • And that's how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego comes in,
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  • because Nebuchadnezzar puts out then a command for everyone,
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  • when they play the music, to turn and face this image
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  • and bow down and worship.
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  • Notice again, immediately, he wants to draw
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  • attention to himself.
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  • By the way, this happens a lot in scripture.
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  • Paul and Barnabas go to this town.
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  • There's a crippled man who's been crippled from birth,
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  • so it's not like something happened.
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  • He was born crippled.
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  • And he gets healed in Jesus' name.
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  • They start bowing down to Paul and Barnabas saying,
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  • The gods have come down to us,
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  • and they start giving em Greek names of gods.
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  • Paul and Barnabas tear their clothes and said,
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  • No, we're just men; don't worship us.
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  • they reject the glory.
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  • Daniel, by the way, was made ruler under Nebuchadnezzar
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  • over all of Babylon, but he never took pride.
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  • So he builds this big deal.
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  • He says everybody has to bow down.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don't bow down.
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  • They get reported.
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  • So he gives em a chance. He brings em in.
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  • He says, Is it true you're not going to bow down?
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  • And they said, Yes.
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  • And he says, I'll give you one more chance to bow down.
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  • Now, listen to what he says, Daniel 3:15.
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  • But if you do not worship, you shall be immediately
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  • cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
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  • Now, watch the pride.
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  • And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?
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  • He didn't thank God for what God put in his hands
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  • and he didn't thank God for the power
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  • that God put in his hands.
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  • Daniel 3:19, Then Nebuchadnezzar
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  • was full of fury,
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  • because they said, We're still not going to bow
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  • and the expression on his face changed
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  • toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace
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  • seven times more than it was usually heated.
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  • I'll explain to you in a moment how they did that.
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  • Daniel 3:21-22, Then these men,
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  • that's Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
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  • were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans,
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  • and their other garments...
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  • It's important to notice they went in with their clothes on,
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  • cause when they come out,
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  • their clothes don't even smell like smoke.
  • 00:15:01.040 --> 00:15:02.290
  • ...and they were cast into the midst
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  • of the burning fiery furnace.
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  • Therefore, because the king's command was urgent,
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  • and the furnace exceedingly hot,
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  • the flame of the fire killed those men
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  • who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:16.130
  • So, let me explain to you about this fire.
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  • It was a round hole in the ground, most believed,
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  • they found things like this, about 20 feet round,
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  • and it was about 20 feet deep,
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  • so that that's where they could cast people,
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  • people that defied the king.
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  • It was like a dictatorship.
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  • People who defied the king were cast in this fiery furnace.
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  • Yet, going out the side of it was a slope that sloped
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  • all the way up to the ground so that every now and then
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:43.180
  • they could walk down into it and clean it out
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  • if they needed to do things or put stuff in it.
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  • And this is how they were cast into it.
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  • But they were also, they walked Shadrach,
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  • Meshach, and Abednego, walked out of the fire.
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  • Now, they weren't worried about anybody walking out,
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  • cause once you were cast in, you were going
  • 00:16:00.110 --> 00:16:01.250
  • to be killed, you know.
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  • So they weren't worried about that.
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  • The way they heated it seven times more is they had trees
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  • in Babylon at that time that burned hotter
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  • than other trees, and they saved those for this.
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  • So that's the way they did this.
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  • So they cast these in and it made the fire so hot
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  • that the men casting them in at the mouth of the entrance
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  • were burned and killed immediately.
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  • They were killed.
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  • So that's why the Bible tells us that. Alright?
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:29.150
  • So verse 24, Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished;
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  • and he rose in haste and spoke... Listen.
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  • The reason is cause they're still alive
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  • and they're actually walking around in the fire.
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:40.180
  • ...and saying to his counselors,
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  • 'Did we not cast three men into the midst of the fire?'
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  • They answered and said to the king, 'True, O king.'
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  • Listen to what Nebuchadnezzar says.
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  • 'Look!' He answered, 'I now see four men loose,
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  • walking in the midst of the fire...'
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  • Remember, they were bound. The only thing --
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:57.120
  • By the way, think about this...
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  • when the enemy tries to kill you,
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.080
  • the only thing that gets burned are the ropes
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:05.280
  • that were holding you bound.
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  • Their clothes didn't get burned,
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  • but the ropes that were holding them burned up.
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  • But it didn't hurt them at all.
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  • I see four men loose, walking amidst the fire;
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  • and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth
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  • is like the Son of God.
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  • Now -- So Jesus is in the fire with you, by the way.
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  • If you ever go through a fire, Jesus is with you
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  • and you're not going to get burned.
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:32.230
  • Here's what really blew me away
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:34.060
  • as I began studying this...
  • 00:17:34.090 --> 00:17:36.050
  • Nebuchadnezzar is not Jewish.
  • 00:17:36.080 --> 00:17:40.050
  • He's Chaldean.
  • 00:17:40.080 --> 00:17:41.270
  • Yet God keeps trying to get through to Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:47.090
  • These things keep happening because Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:49.190
  • puts out a decree after this.
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:51.080
  • The God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is the true God.
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  • And from now on, everyone has to worship Him.
  • 00:17:55.230 --> 00:17:57.250
  • Well, he'd already done one about the God of Daniel,
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:17:59.270
  • which was the same God, obviously. Okay?
  • 00:18:00.020 --> 00:18:01.290
  • But he turns away again,
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:04.040
  • and you're going to see it on the next point.
  • 00:18:04.070 --> 00:18:05.140
  • He turns away again. It just blows me away.
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:08.220
  • We talk about our God is the God of the second chance.
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:11.170
  • It's a wonderful saying, but really,
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:13.250
  • He's the God of the second millionth chance.
  • 00:18:13.280 --> 00:18:17.150
  • And He does that with all of us and it's not just
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:19.280
  • His chosen people.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:21.280
  • Here is a heathen named Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • God's protecting His people.
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.120
  • Nebuchadnezzar has actually killed some of the exiles
  • 00:18:26.150 --> 00:18:30.040
  • and tortured them, and God is still trying to reach him.
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:34.100
  • So I'm telling you, no matter what you've done in your past,
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:37.060
  • no matter how bad you've been, God still loves you
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:40.210
  • and God is still trying to reach you.
  • 00:18:40.240 --> 00:18:42.260
  • Here's the third point, a seduction of pride
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  • is not speaking humbly.
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:54.000
  • I had to train myself to speak humbly
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  • because I spoke pridefully. You can train yourself.
  • 00:18:58.150 --> 00:19:03.110
  • Now, Nebuchadnezzar has another dream in chapter four,
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:07.210
  • and the dream is about him and the dream is
  • 00:19:07.240 --> 00:19:13.050
  • that he's going to actually, God's going to humble him.
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:17.020
  • So -- And then, he says, In twelve months,
  • 00:19:17.050 --> 00:19:19.190
  • this is going to happen.
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:21.150
  • Now, watch what happens.
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:23.170
  • And the way God humbles him, most of you know,
  • 00:19:23.200 --> 00:19:25.140
  • is he became like -- He lost --
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:27.020
  • He went crazy and he ate grass
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:29.170
  • like a wild beast for seven years.
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  • Seven years. That was his punishment.
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:34.260
  • That was his discipline or punishment really
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:36.270
  • because he wasn't a believer.
  • 00:19:37.000 --> 00:19:38.250
  • Daniel 4:29, At the end of the twelve months
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:42.140
  • he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon.
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  • This is Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:19:45.030 --> 00:19:46.280
  • The king spoke, saying, Is not this great Babylon,
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:51.260
  • that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:59.260
  • and for the honor of my majesty?
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:04.160
  • Notice the prideful words.
  • 00:20:04.190 --> 00:20:06.220
  • While the word was still in the king's mouth,
  • 00:20:06.250 --> 00:20:11.040
  • a voice fell from heaven, saying, King Nebuchadnezzar,
  • 00:20:11.070 --> 00:20:14.060
  • to you it is spoken, the kingdom has departed from you!
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:18.190
  • And they shall drive you from men,
  • 00:20:18.220 --> 00:20:21.110
  • and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:23.240
  • They shall make you eat grass like oxen; seven times,
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:27.170
  • seven years, shall pass over you, until you know
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:31.080
  • that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:34.220
  • and He gives it, that's the implication
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:38.140
  • of He because we're already going back to the Most High,
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:40.190
  • to whomever He chooses.
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:43.060
  • That very hour, the word was fulfilled
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:46.200
  • concerning Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:20:46.230 --> 00:20:48.270
  • Now, why am I saying it's so important to speak humbly?
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:54.200
  • Because of this scripture.
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:56.290
  • Matthew says, For whatever is in there...
  • 00:20:57.020 --> 00:21:00.230
  • When the mouth speaks,
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:01.250
  • it speaks out of the abundance of the heart.
  • 00:21:01.280 --> 00:21:04.220
  • So I saw something this week in this scripture I'd never seen.
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:08.280
  • I'd seen it, but I hadn't seen it.
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:12.110
  • You know that? Okay.
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:13.220
  • The word abundance.
  • 00:21:13.250 --> 00:21:16.260
  • In other words, we all say stupid things. Right?
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:19.160
  • We all say prideful things.
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:21.230
  • I've even been a literalist with is verse sometimes
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:25.040
  • and God's had to correct me. Alright.
  • 00:21:25.070 --> 00:21:26.120
  • Like Debbie might say something and she'd say,
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:28.290
  • But I didn't mean that.
  • 00:21:29.020 --> 00:21:30.090
  • I'd say, Yeah, but the Bible says,
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  • Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
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  • And I'd be mad at her.
  • 00:21:34.020 --> 00:21:35.100
  • So it must be in your heart if it came out your mouth.
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  • You know? Kay.
  • 00:21:37.210 --> 00:21:39.200
  • So we all say stupid things.
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:41.140
  • We all say prideful things.
  • 00:21:41.170 --> 00:21:43.230
  • But what we say in an abundance
  • 00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:46.240
  • is what is in an abundance in our heart.
  • 00:21:46.270 --> 00:21:49.160
  • That's the key.
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:50.260
  • In other words, we all, we're all still humans.
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:53.000
  • We all still make mistakes.
  • 00:21:53.030 --> 00:21:54.230
  • But if there's an abundance of prideful statements
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:57.190
  • coming out of your mouth, then that needs to let you know
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  • there's an abundance of pride in your heart
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  • and God's going to deal with it.
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  • He always, always, always humbles the exalt,
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  • the ones that exalt themselves.
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  • Always. That's scripture.
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  • And the reason I'm telling you this
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  • is because if you have a problem speaking pridefully,
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  • then you know you don't just have a problem speaking it,
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  • you know you have a problem in your heart
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  • and you need to allow God to deal with it.
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  • So here is what I love about this story.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, let me show you the end of it,
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  • verse 34, Daniel 4:34, And at the end of the time,
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  • seven years, I, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • watch, lifted my eyes to heaven,
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  • and my understanding returned to me immediately...
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  • Soon as he turns to God, as soon as he turns to God,
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  • God heals him.
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  • ...and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him
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  • who lives forever.
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  • For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
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  • and His kingdom is from generation to generation.
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  • All the inhabitants of the earth
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  • are reputed as nothing;
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  • He does according to His will in the army of heaven
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  • and among the inhabitants of the earth.
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  • No one can restrain His hand or say to Him,
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  • 'What have you done?'
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  • By the way, you notice that he got a pretty good revelation
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  • that God's God.
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  • At the same time, my reason returned to me,
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  • and for the glory of my kingdom...
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  • And what he means by that is the responsibility
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  • that God's given me, I was restored to my kingdom
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  • and excellent majesty was added to me.
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  • Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol
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  • and honor the kingdom of heaven, all of whose works are truth,
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  • and His ways justice.
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  • And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
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  • God restored this prideful man.
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  • Now, I want to tell you something else.
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  • God restored this prideful man.
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  • And God will restore you prideful people, too.
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  • All you've got to do is turn your eyes to heaven.
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  • That's it.
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  • Just turn your eyes to heaven.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Don't forget that the original sin
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  • of Satan is pride.
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  • Pride is always trying to seduce us,
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  • but the fact that you watch this message
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  • means that you are not a prideful person.
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  • You might battle it sometimes, but you're not prideful.
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  • But God's doing something in your heart right now,
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  • and I'd like for you just to humble your heart
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  • before God right now, just like Nebuchadnezzar did
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  • and say, God, I want to always give You the glory.
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  • I want to speak humbly.
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  • I want to walk with You and I want to talk
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  • with You every day.
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  • Just take a moment, give God glory right now,
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  • and let God continue to work that humility in your heart
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  • because that humility is what attracts others to us,
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  • and that attracts them to Jesus Christ.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I hope you'll be watching again because I'm going to continue
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  • this series next time.
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  • - Announcer: We're so glad that you have joined us
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  • for today's program, and we hope that you've enjoyed
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  • this message from Pastor's Robert's series,
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  • "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • In this series, he brings to life
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  • the stories of four ancient kings,
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  • and relates them to the struggles
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  • God's people still face today,
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  • and more importantly, His redemptive plan
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  • that awaits us all.
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  • as well as many other resources to help you grow
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  • in your relationship with the Lord.
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  • is doing in your life as a result of applying
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  • these truths from His Word.
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  • about any prayer needs that you may have
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  • so that we can agree with you for God's best for your life.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You're the firstborn of God
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  • and you have the right of the double portion.
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  • And it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
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  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
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  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive.
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  • We're gonna change the world, because we will do nothing less
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ than thrive.
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