The Spirit within you…

Daniel 4:1-18

Nebuchadnezzar the king,

To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:

Peace be multiplied to you.

2 ​I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

3 ​​How great are His signs,

​​And how mighty His wonders!

​​His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

​​And His dominion is from generation to generation.

4 ​I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. 6 Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in, and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation. 8 But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him, saying: 9 “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.

10 ​“These were the visions of my head while on my bed:

​​I was looking, and behold,

​​A tree in the midst of the earth,

​​And its height was great.

11 ​​The tree grew and became strong;

​​Its height reached to the heavens,

​​And it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.

12 ​​Its leaves were lovely,

​​Its fruit abundant,

​​And in it was food for all.

​​The beasts of the field found shade under it,

​​The birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches,

​​And all flesh was fed from it.

13 ​“I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. 14 He cried aloud and said thus:

​‘​Chop down the tree and cut off its branches,

​​Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit.

​​Let the beasts get out from under it,

​​And the birds from its branches.

15 ​​Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth,

​​Bound with a band of iron and bronze,

​​In the tender grass of the field.

​​Let it be wet with the dew of heaven,

​​And let him graze with the beasts

​​On the grass of the earth.

16 ​​Let his heart be changed from that of a man,

​​Let him be given the heart of a beast,

​​And let seven times [fn1] pass over him.

17 ​‘​This decision is by the decree of the watchers,

​​And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,

​​In order that the living may know

​​That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,

​​Gives it to whomever He will,

​​And sets over it the lowest of men.’

18 ​“This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”

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This is a letter from the King Nebuchadnezzar to all the people of the then known world.  We might look to this letter to see what message it holds for us today.  It begins with a dream, given to the king without understanding for understanding comes from the Holy Spirit.

“…John 14:26  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you….”

“…Proverb 1:7 and 9:10- The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge, [But] fools despise wisdom and instruction.  …”The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One [is] understanding….”

The spirit of the Holy God is in you.  A recognition of the presence and power of God Almighty.  The message was sent to King Nebuchadnezzar  but he had no understanding for he did not have the Holy Spirit.  So the most powerful man of the time sought out the man of God, Daniel for he said the Holy Spirit was in him.  No matter the position of power, high or low, no matter the level of education, no matter the social upbringing,  when the Holy Spirit resides within us others recognize Him.  Are we aware enough of the presence of God within us to allow His presence to be known to others in our daily lives?  The Holy Spirit brings knowledge, remembrance and understanding to the believer.  O Lord open our eyes and ears that we may know your Presence within us.  Then we can share what we have with an unbelieving world.

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