Nebuchadnezzar Ate Grass

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William Blake’s Famous Illustration of Nebuchadnezzar Gone Mad

Could this happen to us?

Background

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebuchadnezzar_II

Accomplished Persian leader who conquered Judah

Nebuchadnezzar II (c 634 – 562 BC) was king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, who reigned c. 605 BC – 562 BC. According to the Bible, he conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and sent the Jews into exile.

He is credited with the construction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the destruction of the First Temple..

Meaning of his name

The Akkadian name, Nabû-kudurri-uṣur, means "Oh god Nabu, preserve/defend my firstborn son". Nabu is the Babylonian deity of wisdom, and son of the god Marduk. In an inscription, Nebuchadnezzar styles himself as Nabu’s “beloved” and “favorite”.

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His time of power

The second chapter of Daniel relates an account attributed to the second year of his reign, in which Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a huge image made of various materials (gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay).

The prophet Daniel tells him God’s interpretation, that it stands for the rise and fall of world powers, starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s own as the golden head.

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Persecution of Hebrews

In Daniel chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar erects a large idol made of gold for worship during a public ceremony on the plain of Dura.

When three Jews, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (respectively renamed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego by their captors, to facilitate their assimilation into Babylonian culture), refuse to take part, he has them cast into a fiery furnace.

They are protected by what Nebuchadnezzar describes as "a son of the gods" (Daniel 3:25) and emerge unscathed without even the smell of smoke.

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Warning about pride, and his punishment

Daniel chapter 4 contains an account of another of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, this time of an immense tree, which Daniel interprets that Nebuchadnezzar will go insane for seven years because of his pride.

While boasting over his achievements, Nebuchadnezzar is humbled by God.

The king loses his sanity, and lives in the wild like an animal for seven years.

After this, his sanity and position are restored and he praises and honors God.

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The point:

Are you eating grass?

Unholy confidence

Many of us assume that our self confidence is natural and healthy, but will not admit we have “too much” of it.

We overachieve, and we are very aware of our accomplishments. We see ourselves as being responsible for our own success.

We credit ourselves with working hard, making good decisions, being smart to take the right opportunities, and avoiding those who would hamper our path to success. We associate with the right people, and do not waste our time with activities that take away from our progress.

And suddenly, we face shame or a sudden traumatic event that destroys all we have worked for.

What went wrong?

The 7 years Nebuchadnezzar experienced was to humble him. He thought the same way.

He was named after his god of wisdom.

What good did that do him?

Correcting attitudes

There is a 7 years period that is haunting us now.

We know that there is a tribulation period coming, and a last week of Daniel.

Soon, many people may be “eating grass,” including Christians.

The attitudes that:

I am so great

I am so important

I have accomplished so much

Look at all I have done

I am so anointed

I am so smart

I am so holy

I am so worthy

Will all end.

All sin is based on pride, and lack of submission (humility) to YHVH God.

We think we can do what we want, that God’s opinion is irrelevant, and he will just have to accept us the way we are.

That bird won’t fly when the tribulation comes.

Assigning the blame to Satan

Many people think when a negative event, or set of events occur, it is because the devil is attacking them, or people are.

This may be true. This gets us sympathy from others, and they pray for us.

This is comforting, and if true, the circumstances will turn around with prayer.

I do not want to discount the fact that Satan attacks true believers.

This post is not about that topic.

Or this may be avoiding the real issue.

Root causes of pride

1. Insecurity, past rejection, need for acceptance.

2. Selfishness, rebellion

Getting with Reality

Or, they might consider that it is God punishing them for their pride, and humbling them, and they “will eat grass” until they admit their pride, and repent.

The bible says that God resists the proud!

In fact, he “hates” the proud person. Ouch!

Psa 101:5 Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Pro 16:5 Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Pro 6:16 ¶ These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:

Pro 6:17   A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Pro 6:18   An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Pro 6:19   A false witness [that] speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.

Pro 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Rom 1:30   Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Rom 1:32   Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

Once God resists you, so will people!

Then you are really doomed.

At least God is forgiving and merciful, if you repent.

People are not as magnanimous as God is.

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Our choice

Will we admit any pride we have?

God does not want our excuses.

Justifying ourselves before God and others will not change our negative circumstances.

He wants a humble loving heart, open to his mercy and blessings.

Will we humble ourselves, repent, and ask God for his help in correcting our spirits?

Otherwise, we will “eat grass” during the tribulation.

If we really love God, we can do this.

If we really love ourselves more, it won’t happen.


23 Responses to “Nebuchadnezzar Ate Grass”

  1. Good one!🙂

    Regarding what Nebuchadnezzar did to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made me wonder if this is a preview of what is to come regarding the mark of the beast. I remember hearing this story as a child and was always amazed at their faith and how jesus saved them. In the tribulation to come, when we are faced with the decision to “bow down”/accept the Mark or to refuse the mark/refuse to bow, i pray that we remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how faithful Jesus was in saving them. Jesus will save us as whether it be through the “rapture” or standing with us in the midst of the “furnace”.

  2. God is God and nobody can be compaired to him

  3. Unlike Nebuchadnezzar, most that post here fear the G-d of Noah, Moses, and Abraham, and pray in Christ’s name. Of course, non of us are perfect, but I do not believe Christ will make those who believe in him eat grass like Nebuchadnezzar.

    The Tribulation, according to what we read starts with a peace treaty, and half way through the Anti-Christ shows his true self by stepping into the Temple, and announcing he is god.

    Is Christ’s Church still on earth at the half way point? If so, Christians may be tested to the point of death like the three Jews you wrote about. May we all be as strong as them if testing time comes.

    Outside of America we see Christians being murdered for their faith now. Those inside America are lucky they do not have to choose to fight, die, or convert to paganism.

    • hi Leatherneck

      I was just using “eating grass” as a figure of speech. It represents being humbled before God. 🙂

    • Yes and Thank G-d, literally.

    • What about the Mark of citizenship, that d US govt said they will be implanted in d foreheads of everyone there, isn’t that a mark of the beast, which the holy bible reveal in the book of revelation?

      • james

        the bible does not give the reason government will use for the chip, but it is still forbidden.

        the only thing god wants on our hands and foreheads are reminders for prayer..as in jewish tradition

        the US government does not care about citizenship, as evidenced by all the illegals swarming into the country

  4. If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then shall I hear from heaven, forgive the sin and heal their land. There’s a call for repentance, and an urging for alignment with God to not be affected by the coming plagues on those who refuse to turn… We all need to be checking our lives and submitting before a holy God so that He may take inventory and correct, heal and deliver in this season. Time is short… and the Word of God will stand…

    • dear warrior

      Very true. The bible says that a thousand can fall on one side of us, and 10 thousand on the other side, but nothing will befall us (the righteous).

      Repentance and submission is very important.

  5. I am reminded of Egypt and how God sent plagues as a result of the rebellion of Pharoah… Ten plagues, yet the people of God were protected; by the hand of God, they were kept. Grace, though not a concept of the Old Testament was present and the favor of God was upon them. While Egypt endured hardships and trials, God’s people were set free from the bondage of slavery and oppressions without a mark or scar. They left with the spoils of war, the riches of the oppressors. So to sum it up, in this season, be watchful for how God is leading His people out of bondage, the captives will be set free, the wealth of the wicked will be transferred to the just, the hand of God is just and though He desire that none perish, we know that many will… My prayer is that this nation cry out in repentance and submit, commit to the will and the way of the Lord, and as Moses so eloquently stated… Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord. It’s an exciting time.

  6. I ageree with the poster Warrior on his post; but I also believe as a nation we have forsaken the god of Abraham, Issac and Jacob to a great degree. If our nation does not turn their face to God once again we will definitely be in dire straits as a whole wherein we are still responsible for each other. I pray that we will repent of turning into a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah so that we may be spared many things that may result in pride. This is not to say that there are not a great many of firm and solid believers now. Many people choose to put their faith in man where man cannot even save himself.

  7. BTW Marianne very well written. Whenever I read your writings it always makes me re think everything and I hope it is for the better. I really appreciate you putting things back into perspective for me. Nice to be reminded and check yourself😉

  8. Marianne, God through the Holy Spirit is fervently stirring hearts of many concerning the overconfidence we have so pridefully participated in as we practice our doctrines and traditions we call Christianity. I ‘luv’ the record of Nebuchadnezzar…his carnality…his pride after God so fervently blessed his kingdom of Babylon..and then his willingness to acknowledge that ‘God rules in the kingdom of men and sets over it the basest of men (Dan 4:17). If the just quoted scripture is true…and I vigorously insist that it is…then America is exactly where she is today…not because of political parties…but because our soveriegn Ruler is working and molding times and peoples according to His great and ultimate purposes….in response to our choices and resulting ‘works’ of those choices. I totally believe….deep in my soul…that we are exactly like Nebuchadnezzar…we are powerless apart from the living Father. The ‘good’ in America and the world is from and because of Him. The ‘bad’ in America and the world is here only because He chooses to ‘let’ for reasons known only to Him. And I am totally at peace in the knowledge that….there is no place I had rather be…than in His very magnificent hands. As the times become more evil, I am understanding more the plight of Lot as he was subjected to the vileness of homosexuality and the prevailing sins of both the heathern an the religious. But Lot knew the evil was there only because God was ‘letting.’ He did not rant and rave against it. He left all vengence and justice to God. HE even offered the band of homosexuals his virgins daughters in an attempt to detour them from the evil purposed in their hearts against the messengers from God. Lot could not stop the reprobate evil. But God did. Just like the hoards of professing believers in the days of Noah and of Lot…God promises that only the ‘few’ will overcome and receive eternal Life. That thought alone should set each of us to ‘fear and tembling’ as we work out our salvation before the pure and Holy God.

  9. WATER

    Watch!!!
    An eying water war with
    Indian neighbors should not spark.

    Had Altal Behari Vajpayee,
    Indian Prime Minister
    Made water a top priority
    By linking India’s largest rivers
    In a countrywide grid
    To get water from the north to the south
    And the east states that were hit
    By severe droughts
    A few years back?

    I would say;
    Let Indians harvest their rainfall better.

    Water, again,
    Can be captured
    As a reminder to man
    On earth
    For Love to be reconciled
    back into this place.

    Indian spring water
    Would come open again
    As the people return
    To The Living God
    From here.

    Contributors; (1) Blessing Iyeh
    (2) Deasop Akpasop

  10. MERCY & TRUTH
    After world war II,
    Policymakers and scholars
    Ran along parallels
    Of development,
    Debating towards
    Enhancing good economies
    And the appropriate role of
    Public Policy.

    Here comes active Public Policy;
    …Where is NGO officials’ place
    In government?
    Touch that market!
    Is it real?

    East Asia has troddened that part
    Of a policy,
    Laying forward
    Great possibilities
    As She goes.

    Right NOW,
    The INEC, like the NDDC, is moving Nigeria
    Forward.
    The World Bank is involved.
    Will Nigeria understand
    Which policies contribute to Her
    Rapid growth?

    What strategies for development policy?
    Let the Nigerian Government develop the ARTS;
    Let The INEC like the NDDC penetrate into Arts
    And Tourism development.
    Here comes the Danites
    …Policitating,
    Helping us out
    Where we are weak,
    And bringing us peace
    Where we war.

    Conscious of economic development,
    …A healthy Human Resources
    Soundly and skillfully applied
    To work force—,
    Such appropriate public policy objectives
    And Instruments,
    Human resettlement and
    The Artists
    For developing economies-
    World wide-
    Where specialists and non-specialists can access.

    What Human Resettlement?
    …Such holding superior physical and
    Human capital- for
    Most extraordinary growth,
    To highly productive investments.

    Where is technology’s place
    On the New Earth?
    Acquire,
    Master Technology !
    Developed economies have passed through essntial workings
    Of growth
    Better than most other economies.

    Before now,
    Developing economies
    Must have become used to
    The common market-friendly
    Economic policies
    For its better allocation and
    Higher accumulation of resources result.
    Two things are involved;
    -A stable macroeconomic
    And investments
    In people side by side.

    In order to build Human Capital,
    Better educated mothers raise better educated children, Complementing public investments
    In basic education
    “Mercy and Truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy”.
    Prov 20:28

    Ogija is a paradox,
    There is a ‘very bad’,
    And there is a ‘very good’.

    TRUTH & MERCY 2A
    Set other scrutineer objects
    Unto unanimous results,
    Seeing outside securities
    Relate reports orally
    End to end sustainded-
    At box climax-
    Level of vocal eminence.

    Save Our Soul
    Oh Lord our God.

    Election time comes in,
    A shaded overall shadow of peace
    End to end, nontheless,
    Two-dimensional portrait raised externally,
    Expressing transparent love
    Roundabout vocal lux-
    Involving The INEC and NEEDS’ electoral,
    Credible cadre.

    After world war II,
    Policymakers and scholars
    Ran along parallels
    Of development,
    Debating towards
    Enhancing good economies
    And the appropriate role of
    Public Policy.

    Here comes active Public Policy;
    …Where is NGO officials’ place
    In government?
    Touch that market!
    Is it real?

    Here comes policied issues
    Helping us out where we are weak, and
    Bringing in peace where we war;
    Has Nigeria known the policies
    Which contribute to Her growth?

    We ( Nigeria) have stepped on
    That part of economic developmental strategies,
    Such a path leading to economic growth and stability-
    Laying forward great possibities as She goes.
    Nigeria go ahead,
    Don’t stop!

    Truth and mercy preserving us,
    Standing side by side
    Stable macroeconomic and
    Investments in talented
    Citizens and People
    Making growth counts here.
    Have we come unto this,
    Well paid Up?

    Economic development in mind,
    A healthy human resources soundly and
    Skillfully applied
    To work forces.
    Such proper public policy objectives
    And instruments,
    Human resettlement and
    Our Creator’s Activities—-
    Like the MK’LEW Artists’ initiatives
    For developing economies
    World Wide———
    Will do
    Where specialists and lay-men can
    So
    Access a balance.

    What human resettlement?
    Life and Death—
    Holding superior physical
    And human capital
    For most extraordinary growth
    Where we stand
    To do business
    Producing supreme investments-

    Where is Arts’ place
    On the NEW GOLDEN EARTH?
    Arts create technology,
    Interpreting the many sides of life
    Setting our world moving forward,
    On and on.

    Where is technology’s place
    Today?
    Science is coming back to arts,
    Arts is in God,
    God’s Word is true.

    Acquire and master
    Truth and mercy,
    Accquire and master technology!
    Developed Economies have passed through essential workings
    Of growth
    Better than most other economies
    All through the years.
    Nigeria is taking on a new journey,
    Mercy and truth must follow-
    Lest She falls and be forgoten
    Only a few miles away fron Her
    Starting point in
    2007.

    Who mediates?

    “mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy”
    Prov 20:28

    Before now,
    We (Nigeria) have been improving on such
    Common market – friendly economic policies
    Of debating constantly for
    Better allocation of
    Resources result.

    They ( the world bank ) have had that supreme vision
    Of forgiving Nigeria’s debt,
    So basically true.

    What can I say to you than this
    I have to say;
    Thank You !
    Thank You, The World Bank
    For forgiving
    Our (Nigeria’s) debt.

    Yes,
    You need this SPACE
    On the TIMEline of LOVE
    For SPEED to know
    No Time
    Anymore.

    REMEMBER
    Great days facing God’s People,
    Galloping toward God’s People,
    Gallantly approaching many people,
    Galvanizing Holiness unto God;
    Greeting space on a totally amazonian gyrfalcon.

    Be remimded
    O God’s People;
    Hold unto your faith in God!
    Ahead of the expected great day
    Comes a sea of seducers
    In amazon’s termeritries,
    Having meter rules to their air
    To close you-in
    Into megalomania!

    Her soulful voice sways and waps
    Wayward for a soulmate,
    You must never go on the wane
    To It !
    A wan war dancer
    I see in-between
    A mix-air;
    Know the Truth!

    A wantonness of time
    Is facing a wan war dancer…
    Shine your eyes at the tables.
    A connection, or
    A series of connections;
    This link
    Pinks the ground,
    Prepared flat-stretched
    Through a chain execution,
    Peaked across some ex-casts.

    Many Love songs
    Can not merely get Love heightened…

    Where guts dip extra deep?
    While life calls out still
    In a tender love;
    Love can not end, but
    Hate can end,
    Janet Jackson Damitajo,
    Be reminded so.

    Come into this;
    The best of you
    Can be touched
    Like the saphire on the earth
    In a summer gift tone
    Of a virgoan-….
    Certify your gift,
    Ashanti—
    Absorb this nexus
    Beyonce, Dido, Ashanti, Janet Damita Jo Jackson.
    Deasop

    1. It is like
    A TIME AWAY FROM TIME
    The fashion of this time
    Kpraks through a time–
    Away from time,
    Passing away fully on tension,
    This world’s style vain-touches a time away from time.
    Gone! gone!! gone!!!
    The world’s fashion is gone.
    No more visible high places,
    Gone! gone!! gone!!!
    This world’s fashion preleaks along
    A time away from time.
    Innocent lickspittles spinning atop
    In every sweatshop
    Like of a universal rave-up
    Towards a time away from time,
    Swapping within a time away from time;
    Innocent lickspittles spinning atop
    In every sweatshop.
    The Pick-me-up train comes, and
    This present world’s fashion
    Is lopped off the main Body set up
    By the round up pick up chop
    Facing a time
    Away from time,
    Clearing every mix-up away
    From the milksop,
    All within a time
    Away from time.
    Deasop 2011

  11. God is the Author and the owner of all power both in heaven and on earth, king nebu did not realise this until when he was punish, some times it is good to be punish by God, without his anger,but not for God to vent his ANGER on us before his punishment. If God vent his anger there is not mercy included but if God punishies us there is mercy if we have come to our sense and ready to do his will. May God in heaven help us to be able to do his will here on earth and also in heaven.

  12. Being riven away to eat grass with the wild animals is the best thing that God could do. In His mercy, God humbled Nebuchanezzar. I would rather God humble me now than find out at the Great White Throne. How Great God is

  13. very nice .

  14. I fell blessed by the given verses

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