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The Kings of Babylon: The Stubbornness of Pride

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September 15, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Kings of Babylon: The Stubbornness of Pride

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: But, I know a God, that can see you
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: But, I know a God, that can see you,
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  • that can hear you, and that can know you, and not only that,
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  • you can see Him, you can hear Him, and you can know Him.
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  • You can see His works, and you can hear His voice,
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  • and you can know Him, personally.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're in a series called, "The Kings of Babylon",
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  • and we're talking about the four kings that reigned
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  • during the 70 year exile
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  • when Israel was in captivity of Babylon,
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  • and today we're going to talk about Belshazzar.
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  • Now, let me just let you know, if you do some study on this,
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  • that Belshazzar was ruling.
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  • He's Daniel 5.
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  • We read Daniel 1-4 last week, parts of it,
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  • but he actually wasn't the king, he was the crown prince.
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  • The king was Nabonidus.
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  • Let me say it again, Nabonidus.
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  • Nabonidus was actually though traveling most of the time
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  • and building altars for the god -- little 'G' -- of sin.
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  • That was the name of the god he served, 'Sin',
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  • and he traveled around Arabia for about ten years doing that
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  • -- mainly in Arabia, but he traveled to other places.
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  • So, he put his son in as the king of Babylon,
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  • and he was called the king, but actually,
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  • Nabonidus was the king.
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  • Does everyone follow me?
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  • Okay, so the Bible tells us about Belshazzar,
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  • because Belshazzar, from 556 B.C. to 539 B.C.
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  • was the king, 17 years, even though his father
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  • was actually the king, but his mother
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  • was Nebuchadnezzar's daughter.
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  • So, he's the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar that we started
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  • with last week, alright?
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  • So Daniel 5:1.
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  • "Belshazzar the king made a great feast
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  • for a thousand of his lords,"
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  • so think about that, a thousand of his rulers.
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  • By the way, Babylon became the leading city in the world,
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  • and most historians believe it was the largest city
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  • in the world, had a population
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  • of about 200.000 people.
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  • So, it was pretty big.
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  • "A thousand of his lords, and drank wine
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  • in the presence of the thousand.
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  • While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command
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  • to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the temple which
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  • had been in Jerusalem."
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  • Now, before we go on, let me comment on that a minute,
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  • because many people then think, well, it says his father
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  • was Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • Cultural, historical, and biblical language
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  • will call the grandfather, the great-grandfather,
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  • any ancestor, the father.
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  • I want you to think about all of the times that God said,
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  • "your fathers," plural.
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  • Well, it didn't mean they had multiple fathers,
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  • it meant they had multiple fathers -- grandfather,
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  • great-grand -- are you following me?
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  • God would also identify Himself even as "Your fathers, Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob," okay?
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  • Okay, so when it says the father, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • it's talking about his grandfather,
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  • okay, alright.
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  • "He had taken from the temple, that which
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  • had been in Jerusalem."
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  • Oh, I needed to mention that.
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  • When Nebuchadnezzar raided the land,
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  • he took the vessels that had been dedicated to the temple
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  • and brought them into Babylon.
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  • I want you to think about now Belshazzar gets things that were
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  • dedicated to God from the temple and took them for his own use.
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  • This is the tipping point with God, when God said,
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  • "That's it, that's enough, because you have taken
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  • what belongs to Me," and watch what He does.
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  • "The king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines
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  • might drink from them.
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  • Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken
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  • from the temple of the house of God
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  • which had been in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords,
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  • his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
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  • They drank wine, and praised the gods," little 'G',
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  • "of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone."
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  • Now, you can remember that, probably, "gold and silver,
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  • bronze and iron, wood and stone,"
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  • because in a moment, you're going to see that
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  • God gives Daniel divine revelation about this,
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  • because Daniel is not at this party, alright?
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  • "In the same hour..."
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  • -- they're drinking from the vessels
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  • that belonged to God.
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  • By the way, I don't have time to develop that,
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  • but think about that we have this treasure
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  • in earthen vessels.
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  • We're the vessels that belong to God now, okay?
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  • Alright, so, "In the same hour..."
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  • -- this is the story.
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  • You have heard this, but this is where it happened.
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  • "The fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote opposite
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  • the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace.
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  • The king saw," now this is a word that jumped out at me,
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  • and the words, "see," "hear," and "know," jumped out at me,
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  • and that's what we're going to talk about in a moment.
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  • "The king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
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  • Then the king's countenance changed,"
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  • I would assume it did. [laughter]
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  • "And his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips
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  • were loosened and his knees knocked against each other."
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  • "The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers,
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  • the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers."
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  • Nebuchadnezzar did that when he couldn't interpret something.
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  • "The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon,
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  • "Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation,
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  • shall be clothed with purple, have a chain of gold
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  • around his neck, and he shall be
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  • the third ruler in the kingdom."
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  • Now just to remind you, the reason he would be
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  • the third ruler is because Belshazzar
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  • was actually the second ruler.
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  • The first was his father, who was out building these temples
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  • to the god of sin, okay, so, that's why.
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  • "Now all the king's wise men came, but they could not
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  • read the writing, or make known to the king
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  • its interpretation.
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  • Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled,
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  • his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished.
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  • The queen," so this is his mother, who is also --
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  • because remember, his father is actually the king.
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  • This is his mother, who is the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • "The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords,
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  • came to the banquet hall."
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  • So, she wasn't at this debauchery that was going on.
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  • "The queen spoke, saying, "O king, live forever!
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  • Do not let your thoughts trouble you,
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  • nor let your countenance change.
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  • There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit
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  • of the Holy God."
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  • She was talking about Daniel.
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  • "And in the days of your father,"
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  • think about again she's talking about Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • his grandfather, "light and understanding and wisdom,
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  • like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him;
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  • and King Nebuchadnezzar your father --
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  • your father the king,"
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  • now she's basically saying that because she could have
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  • been killed, because he had that power to do that.
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  • And so she's trying to be very respectful,
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  • but she's also trying to say don't forget
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  • who my dad is, okay?
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  • "Your father the king -- made him chief," that's Daniel,
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  • "of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.
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  • Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding,
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  • interpreting dreams, solving riddles,
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  • and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel,
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  • whom the king named Belteshazzar."
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  • Now, do you see the similarities between the two names,
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  • Belshazzar and Belteshazzar?
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  • Okay, 'bel' -- most of you heard this.
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  • Bel, it means god in their language,
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  • because it said many times Israel worshipped Baals, okay?
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  • So it means god, but in this timeframe,
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  • they felt like that the king was god.
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  • Even though there were other gods, he was the main god.
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  • So, bel means protector of the gods,
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  • or protector of the king.
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  • So, Nabonidus names his son protector of the king
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  • so he can go out and do these temples, and basically,
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  • you'll protect my kingship while I'm gone.
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  • But, Nebuchadnezzar names Belteshazzar --
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  • Daniel, Belteshazzar.
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  • Belteshazzar means protector of the king's wife.
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  • Now, think about how God can orchestrate the circumstances,
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  • because the queen, who's the king's wife comes,
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  • and she could be killed, and yet God has already planned
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  • that Daniel, who would interpret the dream,
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  • would be called in Chaldean, in Babylonian language --
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  • with Chaldean language, but in Babylon,
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  • the one who protects the king's wife,
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  • and it's just kind of amazing
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  • how all this stuff fits together.
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  • She says, "Now let Daniel be called, and he will
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  • give the interpretation."
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  • Then Daniel was brought in before the king.
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  • The king spoke, and said to Daniel, "Are you that Daniel,"
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  • now watch, "who is one of the captives from Judah?"
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  • He's basically trying to remind him of his place.
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  • You're a slave, so you better remember your place here.
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  • He's really scared of him.
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  • "One of the captives from Judah, whom my father the king
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  • brought from Judah?
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  • I have heard of you."
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  • Okay, this is another word that jumped out at me,
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  • that Belshazzar had seen the things of God,
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  • he had heard of the things of God.
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  • He says, "I have heard of you,
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  • that the Spirit of God is in you,
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  • and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom
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  • are found in you.
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  • Now the wise men, the astrologers, have been
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  • brought in before me, that they should read this writing
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  • and make known to me," -- again, see, hear, and know
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  • are the three words that jumped out to me --
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  • "its interpretation, but they could not give an interpretation
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  • of the thing.
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  • And I have heard of you, that you can
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  • give interpretations and explain enigmas.
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  • Now if you can read the writing and make known to me
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  • its interpretation, you shall be clothed in purple,
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  • have a chain of gold around your neck,
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  • and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom".
  • 00:10:46.240 --> 00:10:50.090
  • Daniel answered and said before the king,
  • 00:10:50.120 --> 00:10:52.160
  • "Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards
  • 00:10:52.190 --> 00:10:56.090
  • to another; yet I will read the writing to the king
  • 00:10:56.120 --> 00:10:59.280
  • and make known to him the interpretation."
  • 00:11:00.030 --> 00:11:02.090
  • Now, let me just say something.
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:03.120
  • Basically what he's saying is I'll do this,
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:07.010
  • but I don't need you to try to bribe me,
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  • because God takes care of me.
  • 00:11:10.170 --> 00:11:12.170
  • Very pure here in Daniel.
  • 00:11:12.200 --> 00:11:15.100
  • You're going to see, later in the passage,
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:16.200
  • I'll just go ahead and explain it,
  • 00:11:16.230 --> 00:11:18.010
  • that he actually takes the purple robe, the gold,
  • 00:11:18.040 --> 00:11:24.220
  • and is made third in the kingdom.
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  • I think he does it because once he interprets it,
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:29.190
  • he realizes Belshazzar is about to be killed
  • 00:11:29.220 --> 00:11:32.050
  • and a new king's coming in, and he wants the guy to say, now,
  • 00:11:32.080 --> 00:11:36.240
  • why are you one of the rulers?
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  • Why are you the third guy?
  • 00:11:39.130 --> 00:11:40.280
  • And I really believe he wants to be able to give counsel
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:45.020
  • to this new king for the purposes of God,
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:47.260
  • so I think his heart is pure in this,
  • 00:11:47.290 --> 00:11:49.130
  • or I'm sure it is, obviously.
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:51.290
  • Verse 18, "O King, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar
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  • your father a kingdom and majesty, glory and honor,
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  • and because of the majesty He gave him, all peoples,
  • 00:11:59.190 --> 00:12:02.160
  • nations, and languages trembled in fear before him."
  • 00:12:02.190 --> 00:12:05.070
  • Now before I read this next line, remember that Belshazzar
  • 00:12:05.100 --> 00:12:09.050
  • was kind of sarcastic to Daniel.
  • 00:12:09.080 --> 00:12:11.200
  • He kind of spoke down to him.
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  • He said, "Are you one of the captives,"
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:15.020
  • aren't you just a slave?
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  • I heard of you, just want to remind you of your place.
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  • Watch Daniel, because most people don't pick up on this.
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:24.210
  • He comes back at him with some sarcasm.
  • 00:12:24.240 --> 00:12:27.090
  • He's talking about Nebuchadnezzar now.
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:29.170
  • He says, "Whomever he wished, he executed; whomever he wished,
  • 00:12:29.200 --> 00:12:34.290
  • he kept alive; whomever he wished, he set up;
  • 00:12:35.020 --> 00:12:38.210
  • and whomever he wished, he put down."
  • 00:12:38.240 --> 00:12:41.100
  • Here's what he was saying.
  • 00:12:41.130 --> 00:12:42.260
  • You have got to remember, Belshazzar was not the king,
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:45.070
  • he was the crown prince.
  • 00:12:45.100 --> 00:12:48.150
  • He in essence was reminding Belshazzar of his place.
  • 00:12:48.180 --> 00:12:52.260
  • One of the reasons that Belshazzar, I think,
  • 00:12:52.290 --> 00:12:55.070
  • was so stubborn was because he wanted to be the king,
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:13:04.160
  • but he never really was, and he kept being
  • 00:13:04.190 --> 00:13:07.050
  • reminded of that, all the time.
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:09.060
  • So Daniel, I personally believe, decides, you know,
  • 00:13:09.090 --> 00:13:13.020
  • Nebuchadnezzar, who was the real king,
  • 00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:16.230
  • he did what he wanted to do.
  • 00:13:16.260 --> 00:13:18.200
  • He just kind of throws a little jab in there, alright?
  • 00:13:18.230 --> 00:13:22.110
  • But then, he goes on about Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:13:22.140 --> 00:13:24.150
  • "But when his heart was lifted up
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:26.060
  • and his spirit was hardened in pride,"
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:29.090
  • that's what we have been talking about,
  • 00:13:29.120 --> 00:13:31.030
  • "he was deposed from his kingly throne,
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.290
  • and they took his glory from him.
  • 00:13:33.020 --> 00:13:35.090
  • Then he was driven from the sons of men,
  • 00:13:35.120 --> 00:13:37.010
  • his heart was made like the beasts,
  • 00:13:37.040 --> 00:13:38.220
  • and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys.
  • 00:13:38.250 --> 00:13:41.060
  • They fed him with grass like oxen, his body was wet
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:44.140
  • with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:49.280
  • rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints
  • 00:13:50.010 --> 00:13:52.250
  • over it whomever He chooses.
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:55.080
  • But you, his son," again, the word father
  • 00:13:55.110 --> 00:13:59.140
  • could be translated ancestor, the word son
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:02.160
  • could be translated descendent.
  • 00:14:02.190 --> 00:14:04.100
  • You, his descendent, or grandson.
  • 00:14:04.130 --> 00:14:06.290
  • "You, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart,
  • 00:14:07.020 --> 00:14:13.030
  • although you knew all this."
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:17.060
  • Again, I'm going to hit these three words -- "You saw it,
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:20.190
  • you heard it, and you knew it, but because of your pride,
  • 00:14:20.220 --> 00:14:26.040
  • you were stubborn"; that's what he's saying.
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:28.200
  • "And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven.
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:31.260
  • They have brought the vessels of His house before you,
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:35.220
  • and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines,
  • 00:14:35.250 --> 00:14:39.090
  • have drunk wine from them."
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:41.080
  • Now watch, the very same statement of earlier.
  • 00:14:41.110 --> 00:14:43.180
  • "And you have praised the gods of silver and gold,
  • 00:14:43.210 --> 00:14:46.260
  • bronze and iron, wood and stone."
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:49.220
  • Okay, how did Daniel know that, except by divine revelation?
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:54.290
  • Because see, Daniel wasn't at this party.
  • 00:14:55.020 --> 00:14:56.140
  • They had to call him, remember?
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:59.050
  • So, it's amazing he knew what they had done.
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:02.030
  • Then here are these three words, and this is the first time
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:04.240
  • they stood out to me in the passage.
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:06.130
  • As I went back and read the passage,
  • 00:15:06.160 --> 00:15:08.180
  • then they stood out to me more.
  • 00:15:08.210 --> 00:15:10.140
  • He said, "You have praised these gods," what?
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:13.090
  • "Which do not see, or hear, or know."
  • 00:15:13.120 --> 00:15:19.020
  • Here's what he's saying: "You have praised gods
  • 00:15:19.050 --> 00:15:21.170
  • that can't see you, they can't hear you,
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:24.230
  • and they can't know you personally,
  • 00:15:24.260 --> 00:15:27.220
  • but I know a God that can see you, that can hear you,
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:32.070
  • and that can know you, and not only that, you can see Him,
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:36.020
  • you can hear Him, and you can know Him.
  • 00:15:36.050 --> 00:15:39.170
  • You can see His works, and you can hear His voice,
  • 00:15:39.200 --> 00:15:42.220
  • and you can know Him personally.
  • 00:15:42.250 --> 00:15:44.230
  • So, that's where we're going to focus in on, alright?
  • 00:15:44.260 --> 00:15:48.080
  • "And the God who holds your breath in His hand
  • 00:15:48.110 --> 00:15:50.230
  • and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.
  • 00:15:50.260 --> 00:15:54.050
  • Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him,
  • 00:15:54.080 --> 00:15:59.050
  • and this writing was written.
  • 00:15:59.080 --> 00:16:02.170
  • And this is the inscription that was written:
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:05.210
  • MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN."
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:10.100
  • "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN",
  • 00:16:10.130 --> 00:16:12.000
  • now, we're going to keep reading,
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:13.120
  • but let me explain to you what these mean, okay?
  • 00:16:13.150 --> 00:16:15.260
  • And this is why most people believe that Daniel,
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:19.200
  • easily, just saw the interpretation.
  • 00:16:19.230 --> 00:16:22.250
  • In the Hebrew language, there are no consonants --
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:27.050
  • I mean, "no vowels", pardon me, there are only 22 consonants.
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:30.000
  • Now, please hear me, they have added vowels
  • 00:16:30.030 --> 00:16:34.020
  • to be able to understand it better,
  • 00:16:34.050 --> 00:16:36.130
  • but back then, there were no consonants.
  • 00:16:36.160 --> 00:16:39.120
  • So, the way you read was simply, like MENE,
  • 00:16:39.150 --> 00:16:42.250
  • you just saw the M and the N.
  • 00:16:42.280 --> 00:16:44.160
  • Also, Hebrew is written from right to left.
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:48.040
  • This is probably why the Chaldeans and the soothsayers
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:51.080
  • couldn't understand it, and God wrote it right to left,
  • 00:16:51.110 --> 00:16:55.070
  • and immediately he saw NM, TKL, and PRS, PHARSIN.
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:17:04.010
  • The U of the last word simply means "and",
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:08.040
  • that's all it means.
  • 00:17:08.070 --> 00:17:09.030
  • So, it was MENE, MENE, saying it twice
  • 00:17:09.060 --> 00:17:12.000
  • to get your attention, TEKEL, and then it would be
  • 00:17:12.030 --> 00:17:16.070
  • AND PHARSIN, or PERES, actually
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:19.110
  • P-R-S in the Hebrew, okay?
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:21.220
  • Alright, so, this is what it means,
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:25.010
  • and I'm going to read it to you in just a moment,
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:26.150
  • you'll see it, but I want to tell you first.
  • 00:17:26.180 --> 00:17:28.210
  • M-N means manah in Hebrew.
  • 00:17:28.240 --> 00:17:33.140
  • It means -- it refers to, let me say that.
  • 00:17:33.170 --> 00:17:38.130
  • It refers to 50 shekels, but it means numbered.
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:45.220
  • That's what it actually means.
  • 00:17:45.250 --> 00:17:46.290
  • Manah means numbered.
  • 00:17:47.020 --> 00:17:50.040
  • TEKEL is the word for shekel.
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:55.260
  • T-K-L means shekel.
  • 00:17:55.290 --> 00:17:58.010
  • It refers to one shekel, and a shekel,
  • 00:17:58.040 --> 00:18:01.060
  • the meaning of it, is weighed.
  • 00:18:01.090 --> 00:18:05.080
  • In other words, when you weigh something
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:06.250
  • to see how heavy it is -- weighed.
  • 00:18:06.280 --> 00:18:09.050
  • PHARSIN, or PERES, P-R-S in Hebrew, means divided.
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:15.260
  • It actually referred to a half-shekel, half,
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:19.200
  • a shekel was in half.
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:22.020
  • But the word itself means divided, okay?
  • 00:18:22.050 --> 00:18:24.280
  • So, let me tell you what these words again mean -- numbered,
  • 00:18:25.010 --> 00:18:29.130
  • weighed, and divided, and the "and" is in there in the U.
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:34.220
  • Numbered, weighed, and divided.
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:37.210
  • Now, watch as we read on and you'll be able to see this,
  • 00:18:37.240 --> 00:18:40.140
  • but you might not have ever seen this if you hadn't studied
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:42.200
  • some Hebrew or had someone tell you about it.
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:45.090
  • "This is the interpretation of each word.
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:48.110
  • MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it.
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:54.280
  • TEKEL: You have been weighed," that's what it means, remember,
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:18:59.000
  • "in the balances, and found wanting.
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.110
  • PERES," which is again, the Hebrew for PHARSIN,
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:04.180
  • "Your kingdom has been divided, and given
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:07.240
  • to the Medes and the Persians."
  • 00:19:07.270 --> 00:19:11.160
  • Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:14.220
  • Daniel with purple, put a chain of gold around his neck,
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:17.250
  • and made a proclamation concerning him
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:20.040
  • that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
  • 00:19:20.070 --> 00:19:23.060
  • That very night, Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans,
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:28.210
  • was slain, and Darius the Mede," Darius, the Medes
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:33.080
  • and Persians had come together.
  • 00:19:33.110 --> 00:19:34.290
  • Cyrus is a Persian, Darius is a Mede.
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:38.120
  • "Darius the Mede received the kingdom,
  • 00:19:38.150 --> 00:19:40.140
  • being about sixty-two years old."
  • 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:42.120
  • Alright, so, what do we want to talk about?
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:44.220
  • We want to talk about stubbornness,
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:46.170
  • which comes from pride.
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:47.260
  • So, here's point number one about Belshazzar.
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:51.240
  • He saw, but he didn't look.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:56.010
  • He saw, but he didn't look.
  • 00:19:56.040 --> 00:19:59.010
  • Moses, it said, "saw the burning bush and turned aside to look."
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:07.290
  • Belshazzar saw, probably as a little boy,
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:11.080
  • all of these things that happened to his grandfather.
  • 00:20:11.110 --> 00:20:14.090
  • He saw that God was at work.
  • 00:20:14.120 --> 00:20:17.090
  • He saw the true God, He knew the true God.
  • 00:20:17.120 --> 00:20:20.100
  • But, he never stopped to look for himself to have
  • 00:20:20.130 --> 00:20:23.200
  • a personal encounter with God.
  • 00:20:23.230 --> 00:20:26.040
  • This talks about that he went and got the holy vessels,
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:29.140
  • that he brought them in.
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:31.040
  • Okay, obviously this refers to the tithe -- obviously.
  • 00:20:31.070 --> 00:20:35.150
  • He takes what is holy, and he brings it in
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:39.170
  • and uses it for himself.
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:40.200
  • Now, in my life, I have shown people
  • 00:20:40.230 --> 00:20:44.070
  • verses straight out of the Bible about tithing,
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:47.050
  • and here's what I feel like they do.
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:49.090
  • They see them, but they don't look.
  • 00:20:49.120 --> 00:20:52.290
  • It shocks me, it shocks me.
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:55.260
  • "Bring the tithe into the storehouse,"
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:59.240
  • and yet, they don't tithe.
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:01.220
  • Okay, I understand, you have some areas you're struggling in,
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:05.070
  • I have some areas, let me say it another way.
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:07.140
  • We have some areas that we're stubborn in.
  • 00:21:07.170 --> 00:21:11.130
  • We all do, follow me?
  • 00:21:11.160 --> 00:21:13.090
  • So, I'm going to give you a key that's going to blow you away.
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:17.000
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.000
  • Intimacy -- intimacy with God and others.
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:22.140
  • Now, I'm going to give you a definition of intimacy that
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:25.080
  • I don't think you'll ever forget.
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:28.000
  • You ready?
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:30.110
  • Intimacy, here it is, here's the definition -- "into me, see".
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:39.060
  • In other words, I am giving you permission to see into me.
  • 00:21:39.090 --> 00:21:47.260
  • So, here's the second point, he heard, but he didn't listen.
  • 00:21:47.290 --> 00:21:53.110
  • He heard about Nebuchadnezzar eating grass.
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:57.150
  • He heard about Daniel interpreting dreams.
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:22:00.100
  • He heard about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
  • 00:22:00.130 --> 00:22:03.140
  • but it didn't do anything for him.
  • 00:22:03.170 --> 00:22:05.280
  • It didn't change his heart, are you all following me?
  • 00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:09.010
  • Here's number three, he knew, but he didn't learn.
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:14.250
  • Now remember I said, see, hear, and know?
  • 00:22:14.280 --> 00:22:18.040
  • Okay, but notice the other three words I used:
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:20.210
  • look, listen, and learn.
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:23.230
  • Because I spent so much time reading the chapter,
  • 00:22:23.260 --> 00:22:27.150
  • I'm going to go straight to the end part,
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:31.190
  • how this happened and I saw this.
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:35.140
  • All of our children were strong-willed,
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:37.290
  • but one turned his will to the Lord early,
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:41.150
  • but two of my children really didn't turn their will
  • 00:22:41.180 --> 00:22:43.280
  • to the Lord until they were in their late teenage years.
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:46.200
  • My son, James, was very strong-willed growing up.
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:52.020
  • We actually tried to use the word strong-willed
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:53.290
  • instead of stubborn, because we didn't want to speak
  • 00:22:54.020 --> 00:22:55.240
  • something negative over him, but in our minds
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:58.160
  • we knew he was stubborn.
  • 00:22:58.190 --> 00:23:00.030
  • So, as he got to be an older teenager, he was about
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:03.200
  • a senior in high school, I couldn't take it anymore,
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:06.280
  • and we got into one of those fights one night.
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:09.020
  • And I finally said to him, and I hate to say this,
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:11.100
  • but I said to him, "I really don't even want you
  • 00:23:11.130 --> 00:23:14.210
  • living here anymore, because you will not listen to your mother,
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:19.170
  • and you won't listen to me.
  • 00:23:19.200 --> 00:23:21.210
  • And I'm tired of it, and I'm going to try to see
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:24.230
  • if I can find another place for you to live."
  • 00:23:24.260 --> 00:23:26.290
  • That's how mad I was.
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:29.000
  • And he said, "That's fine with me,"
  • 00:23:29.030 --> 00:23:31.190
  • and Debbie started crying.
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  • And she said, "I will get on my knees and beg the two of you
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  • to stop being so stubborn,
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  • because I don't want to lose my family."
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  • And something happened in my heart as a believer,
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  • and in James' heart as a person who truly
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  • had not submitted his will, yet, and a few weeks later,
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  • we noticed a change in James.
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  • We just noticed a change.
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  • Because he turned his strong will to God.
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  • There are some of you here that have never done that,
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  • and you need to do it today.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'm so proud of my son.
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  • My is son is actually a pastor on our staff, today,
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  • but he had to make a decision,
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  • like all of us have to make a decision,
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  • and that is not just will we believe, in our heads,
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  • that Jesus is the Lord, but will we receive Him,
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  • in our hearts, as Lord?
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  • And, in order to do that, we have to turn our will
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  • toward God.
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  • So, I'm asking you, right now,
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  • will you make that decision?
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  • Will you turn your will toward the Lord?
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  • Will you walk in humility, not in pride,
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  • and let Jesus be your Lord, and not just your Savior?
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  • I love you guys, so much.
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  • I love that you love the Word of God.
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  • I want you to tune in next time because
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  • I'm going to continue this serious.
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  • I'll see you then.
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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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  • We want you to have a copy of this new series.
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  • So for your gift of any amount today,
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  • we'll send you "Kings of Babylon"
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  • on either CD or as a digital download
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  • as our way of saying, "thank you".
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  • And for your gift of $70 or more we will send you
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  • this series on both CD and DVD
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  • and will include Kari Jobe's album, "The Garden",
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  • which features beautiful worship songs such as "Speak to Me"
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  • and "Lover of my Soul".
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  • To get your copy of these resources,
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  • please call us or visit us online today
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  • at PastorRobert.com.
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  • You can also get the "Kings of Babylon" series
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  • as an audio or video digital download on our website,
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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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  • We'd also love to hear about what God
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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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  • Be sure to visit us online at PastorRobert.com
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  • to share your stories with us and to let us know
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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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  • We look forward to hearing from you, and as always,
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  • thank you for your generous support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris Ministries.
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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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