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Daniel 4:6 “Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in, and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation.”

 

4:6

Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.

Again, Nebuchadnezzar exhausts his human means before turning to Daniel and his God. 

4:7

Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in, and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation

Once again, human viewpoint proves itself ineffective

PRINCIPLE: 

Human viewpoint without divine viewpoint is ultimately ineffective.  

APPLICATION: 

Human wisdom can only operate in the sphere of the finite.  It cannot enter into the infinite dimension because that is the space reserved solely for God and His capacity.  Philosophers of our age boast in their wisdom but it is an empty boast. 

1 Co 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

Man by finite means cannot enter into infinite truth.  The pride of man thinks that man’s wisdom is the end of man.  From God’s viewpoint, man is not the measure of man.  Humanism proclaims that man is the end of man.  This is arrogance.   God condemns pride throughout the Word of God:

Pr 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;

Pride and arrogance and the evil way

And the perverse mouth I hate.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;

I am understanding, I have strength.”

Pr 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes shame;

But with the humble is wisdom.”

Pr 16:5 “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.”

Pr 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,

Than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

Ja 4:6 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.’”

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