The Bigger They Come

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 4:13-27

What a scary prophecy! Yet, even here there is hope. At the end of his interpretation Daniel pleads with Nebuchadnezzar to “break off” his sins and “show mercy” to the oppressed.

But the worst happens. The equivalent of a U.S. Marshall is sent from heaven to announce a sensational kind of punishment, a human being becoming like a cow. No wonder that Daniel was dismayed for a moment and his thoughts alarmed him (v. 19). He gets no pleasure from announcing the impending judgment. He wishes it was intended for the king’s enemies. But he tells it like God had told him. It is a “Decree of the Most High that you, Nebuchadnezzar, shall eat grass like an ox.”

But it won’t last forever. Seven times means “God’s fulfilled, completed, accomplished time.” When God’s purpose and time are complete, the king will know that “the most High rules over the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”

So we need a few more Daniels today. Pause for a moment today and ask God to clear your thought process. Self-deception leads to bitter consequences.


Lord, we would prefer gentle strokes rather than warnings when we read the Bible. Show us that there are times when we need a real warning to wake us up. In Jesus’ name. Amen.