Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of the Great Image, by Louis A. Dole

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“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image… The image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” – Daniel 2:31-34

Readings

Daniel 2:31-49 · Matthew 8:1-13 · Psalm 139

Sermon

Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon when it was at the height of its power. It subdued Egypt and Assyria and took Judah into captivity.

Babylon is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of self-love – that love of ruling over others which would subject everything to its dominion, even the Church, that it might rule over the souls of men to the end that thus it might dominate the whole world, both natural and spiritual.

The king of Babylon represents the principle of unbridled love or rather lust of dominion. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had conquered many nations; he was ambitious to rule the whole world. And while he was in this state of mind, he had the significant dream which is narrated in our text.

This dream was a revelation from the Lord as to the state of the world and as to the future conditions of the church.

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“It shall be even as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty,” by Louis A. Dole

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“It shall be even as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.” – Isaiah 29:8

Readings

Isaiah 29:1-12 · John 8:31-47 · Psalm 73

Sermon

Dreams are mentioned over a hundred times in the Word. Some have a good and some an evil meaning. In the dreams of Jacob as he rested by night at Bethel, of Joseph as he saw the sheaves of his brothers bowing down to his sheaf, and of Joseph the husband of Mary when he was warned to take the young child into Egypt there is a representation and instruction in Divine things. In the Golden Age the Lord taught men by means of dreams, and we may with some reason conjecture that man would be so taught today were it not for his hereditary tendencies to evil. However, occasionally we hear of people who have had instructive dreams. In sleep much of man’s own is quiescent, for in sleep we pass from our natural and worldly consciousness and surrender ourselves to the Lord, that His inflowing life may repair and heal. Were man living in his true order of creation, interposing little or nothing to distort and obscure the inflowing life, dreams would doubtless be a powerful source of enlightenment, instruction, and inspiration. Unfortunately this avenue man has for the most part closed.

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