Sabbath School Summary
From Pride to Humility
Memory Text: Daniel 4:3 “How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation”
SATURDAY: Pride, self-will & pomp of royalty conquered king Nebuchadnezzar’s heart. Pride turned Lucifer into Satan, angels into demons, & now turning many humans to be inhuman. Pride is a curse, humility is a blessing (Ezek. 28:17). The fourth man in the fiery furnace was not enough to humble the king until his kingdom was taken & his habitat made with the beasts. Pride leads to a fall.
SUNDAY: The surpassing splendor of Babylon, the love of ambition, & the trophies of his conquest made Nebuchadnezzar arrogant. In his second dream, God commands a tree (a symbol of kings, nations, & empires) to be chopped down (Dan. 4:1-33; Ezek. 17; 13; Hosea 14; Zech. 11:1, 2; Luke 23:31). The king could not fathom how his mighty reign would end after Daniel interprets his dream. Pride is blind.
MONDAY: Prophet Daniel with a sincere heart bids the king to change his ways. Perhaps, it could lengthen his days (Dan. 4:27). The fame of Babylon, its nice decor & overwhelming projects were built on the sweats of the poor & slavery. Its wealth did not extend beyond the royal courts to the poor & needy. To neglect the poor is to attack God. God wants us to be faithful stewards in His vineyard.
TUESDAY: “God is slow to anger”. Daniel’s counsel & the time given to the king to repent went unheeded. His “unrelenting pride causes the heavenly decree to be executed”. He was humbled at the time when he thought he was on top of the world (Dan. 4:28-33). Afflicted with a zoonotic disease, the king acted like an animal (see 2 Kings 20:2-5; Jonah 3:10, Jer. 18:7, 😎. He came to know God only when humbled.
WEDNESDAY: At the fulfillment of time, God restores the king back to his mental state. The king could not hide his joy but to declare how God is great. His mouth was filled with praises for all what the Lord had done (Dan. 4:34-37, PK, p. 520). Lifting his eyes towards heaven, the king received God’s mercy. After missing three chances (Dan. 1, 2, & 3), God gave him a fourth chance to repent (Dan. 4, read 1 Tim. 2:4).
THURSDAY: Parts of Daniel chapter 4 is the king’s epistle to all the subjects of his kingdom. The king penned down how pride led to his fall & humility led to his restoration as a lesson to be learnt by all (Dan. 4:34-37). Unlike most monarchs, the genuinely repentant king penned his flaws & God’s loving-kindness. He became a missionary. God is still in the business of changing lives (Phil. 2:1-11).
FRIDAY: The last act of king Nebuchadnezzar recorded in sacred history was his praises for God. The boastful, greedy, & pompous king acknowledged God as the King of kings & Lord of lords. All kings in this contemporary world are called to take counsels from the life of the king. God designed that all rulers & kingdoms would proclaim His mercies to the lost world. God is love. He loves you!
—Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 521.
PK- Prophets and Kings
SUNDAY- Is Not This Babylon The Great?
MONDAY- Warned By The Prophet
TUESDAY- “the Most High Rules . . .”
WEDNESDAY- Lifting Eyes Toward Heaven
THURSDAY- Humble And Grateful
📌 “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. Does this seem to you exaggerated? If so, think it over. . . . [T]he more pride one had, the more one disliked pride in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?’ The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with everyone else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. Two of a trade never agree.”—C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Touchstone, 1996), p. 110. What is Lewis saying here that could perhaps help you see pride in your own life?
📌 A theme seen in this chapter, as well as in some preceding it, is the sovereignty of God. Why is this such an important topic to understand? What role does the Sabbath play in helping us understand this crucial truth?
For January 25-31. Happy Sabbath.