Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued The Story with Chapter 18, “Daniel in Exile.” Hopefully you read the chapter last week; since there was so much content, we could only cover a small part in the message!
In the sermon, Jeremy talked about the Babylonian exile: specifically Daniel’s first run-in with the fearsome King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. In The Story we read that old Neb had a dream that bugged him, so he gathered his trusted magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers and asked them to interpret it. Then he threw a wrench in the gears: not only did they have to interpret what Neb’s dream meant, they first had to describe his dream! When everyone told Neb it would be impossible, he ordered all of the wise men of Babylon to be put to death, including Daniel and his friends. When Daniel heard the news, he offered to both recount and interpret the dream for Neb, but there was one problem – Daniel didn’t know the answers! He prayed and completely put his trust in God, so that night, God revealed the dream and meaning to Daniel. You see, God does some of His best work when we feel helpless.
Since it was also part of chapter 18, Jeremy also talked about what might be one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible. He wrote a detailed blog about it a while back and I would encourage you to check it out.
Verses and quotes from the message:
Daniel 1:17; Daniel 1:20; Daniel 2:1-19; Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 29:1; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Big Idea: God does some of His best work when we feel helpless.
Nothing but the Blood – Andy Cherry
Always – Kristian Stanfill
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle