What does it say?
- Read Daniel 4
- Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
- What are the repeated words/phrases?
- Who does the king address in v. 1?
- How is God described in this chapter? (v. 2-3, 17, 25, 32, 34-35, 37)
- What is Daniel’s counsel to the king in v. 27?
What does it mean?
- What connections are there with chapters 1, 2, or 3?
- Would you categorize this chapter as a narrative, a speech, a letter, or something else?
- Does this affect how we should read it?
- How is Daniel’s interpretation in v. 24-27 connected to his counsel in v. 27?
- Will doing righteous deeds make the king righteous before God?
- What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?
- What is the main point of this passage?
How should it change us?
- While none of us are as powerful or rich as King Nebuchadnezzar, what are some things that we are tempted to be prideful of?
- Who can you confess that pride to?
- What steps can we take to grow in humility?
- Have you ever been in a position similar to Daniel, to say something true even if the other person might not like it?
- How does this passage motivate you to speak the truth in love?
- How does this passage offer comfort regarding governing authorities?
- How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?