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ssl 2020 second half – lessons from the life of nebuchadnezzar
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During the next six months our study will encompass a vast field of lessons to be learnt from the experiences of a heathen king.
To our surprise, we will discover that the object lesson contained in the life of Nebuchadnezzar is of vital import to us for whom the book of Daniel was written, a book sealed for the time of the end during which many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.
To be among the wise who will understand this experience of purification, our study into the life of Nebuchadnezzar is paramount.
In this first section we will contemplate the object lesson of Judah and its apostasy that led to an encounter with the king of Babylon. We will observe how God’s purpose to evangelise the heathen via His chosen people is not thwarted by their apostasy; but rather how He will use their miserable failure by bringing into prominence the faithful few whom God will use for that purpose.
Our study will reveal the detail behind the following quote and bring to light God’s profound design to convert souls via the most unexpected means.
“Why did the Lord permit Jerusalem to be destroyed by fire the first time? Why did he permit His people to be overcome by their enemies and carried into heathen lands? It was because they failed to be his missionaries, and had built walls of division between themselves and the people round them. The Lord scattered them, that the knowledge of His truth might be carried to the world.” —S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 2, p. 1040.
May our minds be receptive to glean the insights conveyed in this lesson for us whom God wants to use for His closing work.