Daniel Ch 4 - PRIDE - The Opposite of Love
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Exodus 20:1-6 And God spoke all these words:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
God expounded on the above scripture to Moses in Exodus 34:4-7 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger,abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands,and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished;he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
That makes me HAPPY!! God forgives the wickedness, rebellion and sin of those that Him! Just as Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
But what it mean, "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind?" We should be very sure of that answer since it is clearly what God desires most from us. So, being that He is a kind and gracious God, he explains it in detail through the pen of Paul in 1st Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Clearly, God is all about love. Love is not proud. In fact, though we often think that "hate" is the opposite of love, the verse above makes it clear that pride is the opposite of love.
Daniel chapter 4 is King Nebuchadnezzar's personal testimony about God's handling of his pride.
Here's the teaching on Chapter 4:
Here is a PDF of the notes about language and chronology of Daniel.