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Daniel Chapter 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Epistle

Jared Huntsinger February 20, 2013 Commentary No Comments
Daniel Chapter 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Epistle

Daniel Chapter 4

An Old Testament Epistle

Daniel chapter 4 is on of the most unique chapters in the Old Testament as well as one of the most unique found in the Book of Daniel.  This is because Daniel chapter 4 is an Epistle!  In order to illustrate this point a little further let use a more recognizable epistle from the New Testament to demonstrate what makes Daniel chapter 4 so special.  The following is an excerpt from one of Paul’s epistles in the book of 1 Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 1:1-3 “Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

As an Epistle, there are four obvious characteristics that nearly always appear:

  1. Author: Who’s writing
  2. Audience: Who’s being written to
  3. Blessing:  Polite Greeting
  4. Authority: Recognition of God’s leading

The chart below demonstrates the four characteristics of Paul’s Epistle side by side with the same four characteristics appearing in Daniel 4.

1 Corinthians

Daniel 4

Author

“I Paul”

“King Nebuchadnezzar”

Audience

“To the Church of God in Corinth”

“To the peoples, nations and men of every language”

Blessing

“Grace and peace to you”

“May you prosper greatly”

Authority

“From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”

“The Most High God”

Daniel 4:1-3  “King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly!  It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.  How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.”

Thus, Daniel 4 is the Epistle of Nebuchadnezzar.  At this point in The Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar has already been through quite a lot.

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Pastor, Theologian, DJ, Blogger: Jared is the Student Ministries Pastor at Rancho Murieta Community Church. He has a passion for Hebrew, the Bible and the Old Testament.

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