Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The King Who Lost His Mind (Daniel 4)

When you hear the word "witness" what do you think about?

What was greatest event that happened to you in the past year? Who did you tell after it happened?

What do you think it means to be a witness for the great things God has done? What kind of testimony would you give about the things He has done for you?

Read Daniel 4:1-3. This was apparently written by King Nebuchadnezzar. How would you summarize his testimony about God?

These words spoken by Nebuchadnezzar were the result of a dream he had and the difficult fulfillment of the dream. Read Nebuchadnezzar's description of his dream in Daniel 4:10-17 and then read Daniel's interpretation in verses 19-27.

If you were King Nebuchadnezzar, how would you have responded to Daniel? Which of the suggestions Daniel makes in verse 27 would be most difficult for you? Which would be easiest?

The rest of the chapter explains that 12 months later, Nebuchadnezzar's dream came true, and he lost his mind and wandered in the woods and fields for a long time.

Why do you think God caused this to happen? Was it a good thing or a bad thing? Why?

Why does God sometimes have to bring us low in order to get our attention? What are the benefits we might experience after going through a very difficult experience? How is this encouraging?

If God wanted to get your attention, what do you think He would say to you? How can this group help you walk through a difficult time right now?

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