2022-12-06 “Our Humble Response to God’s Greatness/Sovereignty Can Only Be Prayerful Worship”(Daniel 4:33-37)

Our Humble Response to God’s Greatness/Sovereignty Can Only Be Prayerful Worship 我們對神伟大/權能的谦卑回應只能是常常禱告的敬拜“(Daniel 但以理書 4:33-37)

… raised my eyes towards heaven, my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honoured and glorified him who lives for ever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. … my honour and splendour were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. … I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. …  praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

… 舉目望天,我的理智恢復過來,我就稱頌至高者,讚美尊崇活到永遠的神。祂的統治永無窮盡,祂的國度直到萬代。… 為著我國的光榮,我的威嚴和光輝也都恢復過來了。… 我的王權重新堅立,我的權勢越發增加。… 讚美、尊崇、榮耀天上的王,因為祂所作的一切都正確,祂所行的也都公平;行為驕傲的,祂都能貶低。

The Babylonian King could see the truth about himself only when he first saw the truth that the God whom we serve not only exists but reigns. He broke free from his madness at the end of God’s appointed time and had the opportunity to humble himself lifting his eyes to heaven. His return of reason results in worship and prayer. God wanted to restore him bringing him not to low but to his proper place before God and among people. Babylon is used in the Bible as a figure of the world system in general. Nebuchadnezzar’s madness foreshadows the madness of Gentile nations in their rejection of God. His fall typifies Christ’s judgment of the nations in Christ’s Second Coming. His restoration foreshadows the restoring of some of these nations in the millennial kingdom.


Prayer: Almighty Lord, there have been many who rise from humble origins to great glory and then fall, most, if not all, falling through pride. You resist the proud but give grace to the humble. May you grant us a heart of humble adoration to your greatness/sovereignty as demonstrated by unquestionable acceptance, exercising the spirit of reverent love and letting our spirit have profound delight. Amen.

禱告: 全能的主啊,已有許多人從卑微的出身,升到光彩耀目的高點,之後墜落,而若不是所有,也大多數是因著驕傲而跌倒。你拒絕驕傲的人,卻施恩給謙卑的人。願你賜給我們對你偉大/權能的謙卑崇敬之心,如毫無疑問的接受所証明,保持虔誠敬愛的精神,並讓我們得著深刻的欣喜。阿們。

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