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PEACE, TRANQUILITY AND HEALING

Date: August 21

Category: Divine Healing

Daniel 4:27
"Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins and show the reality of your repentance by righteousness (right standing with God and moral and spiritual rectitude and rightness in every area and relation) and liberate yourself from your iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed, that [if the king will repent] there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of your peace and tranquility and a healing of your error."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is a word that Daniel gave to King Nebuchadnezzar. Because the king was so prideful about his kingdom, God was going to take the kingdom away from him. For seven years, he was going to become like an animal and be stripped from the kingdom. He was going to stay that way until he learned to honor and recognize God as the Most High God. So here Daniel gives King Nebuchadnezzar a bit of advice about repentance. He says here, "Break off your sins and show the reality of your repentance by righteousness (right standing with God and moral and spiritual rectitude and rightness in every area and relation)." So the king had to get rid of all his sins.

If you are living in any kind of sin, you have to get rid of that sin. Confess it to the Lord and repent from it. Then you have to show that you've truly repented from it by living righteously. But what does it mean to live righteously? Well this verse then says, "and liberate yourself from your iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed." So the way we show our true repentance and liberation from sin and iniquities is by helping the poor and showing kindness to the oppressed. This is the advice that Daniel gave to the king, and this is the word of the Lord that we are studying today.

If we have committed a sin or have done something wrong, then very often we need to do something right to overcome that sin. The first thing we need to do is break off our sin, meaning stop it completely. That's a decision of our will. We have to consciously decide not to go in that direction anymore. Then we have to consciously decide to go in a different direction, one that is righteous before God. Here we see that the proof of righteousness is generosity towards others. So instead of focusing on ourselves, we are to focus on other people and helping those who need it.

Lastly we read in this verse, "that [if the king will repent] there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of your peace and tranquility and a healing of your error." So repentance is the way to peace, tranquility, and healing of our errors. The word, ‘repentance' in Hebrew is ‘shub' and in Greek the word is, ‘metanoia.' Really, it means to turn around. Instead of going in our own direction towards selfishness and sin, we are now turning around and going in the direction of generosity and kindness. Repentance means to turn your life around in the direction that God desires for you.

Verses 30-31 say, "The king said, Is not this the great Babylon that I have built as the royal residence and seat of government by the might of my power and for the honor and glory of my majesty? While the words were still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you." So the king's pride was what caused him to be driven away for seven years, and he would not be restored until he learned that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He wills (verse 32b).

Then in verse 34, we see that at the end of those seven years, Nebuchadnezzar lifted up his eyes to heaven and his understanding and the right use of his mind returned to him. When that happened, he gave all the glory to God. Verse 34b says, "I blessed the Most High [God] and I praised and honored and glorified Him Who lives forever, Whose dominion is an everlasting dominion; and His kingdom endures from generation to generation." Then in verse 36 we read that his kingdom was restored back to him again. In verse 37 he declares that he will "praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, Whose works are all faithful and right and Whose ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to abase and humble." So King Nebuchadnezzar learned his lesson about pride. That's why it's so important to always be humble.

So just as Daniel spoke this word of advice to the king, we should adhere to it as well. In order to have peace, tranquility, and healing of our errors, we need to have a heart of repentance. We need to turn away from our sins and turn towards God. Then we have to live righteously and give to the poor. And we have to always remember never to be prideful. Pride always comes before fall and destruction (Proverbs 16:18), but humbleness leads to many great things (1 Peter 5:5b-6). So today, let's humble ourselves and recognize that the Lord is the Most High God!

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