Today Nebuchadnezzar has another dream that no one can interpret except Daniel bc “in him is the Spirit of the Holy God.” Nebuchadnezzar dreamt of a large fruitful tree that reached to the heavens. Then a holy one from heaven cried out to chop down the tree and said, “Let his heart be changed from that of a man, let him be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over him.”
Daniel explains that the tree is Nebuchadnezzar “for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.” Nebuchadnezzar’s pride is going to lead to his downfall and he will be driven to the fields like a wild beast for seven years “till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that if he will humble himself and turn from his sin “perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.” However, Nebuchadnezzar does not humble himself. Therefore the Lord humbles him and he becomes like a wild beast in the fields for 7 years “and at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever.”
We end the reading in the 25th year of captivity and 14 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Ezekiel receives a vision from the Lord where the Lord shows him a new temple that He is planning and tells Ezekiel to “declare to the house of Israel everything that you see.” This temple is unlike the corrupt temple that the Lord showed Ezekiel 20 years ago.
More on the temple tomorrow. Keep reading.
(1 Chronicles 8:29-40, Daniel 4:1-37, Ezekiel 40:1-37)