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October 14, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues his new series The Kings of Babylon with a message about the biblical story of King Belshazzar; whose stubbornness was his downfall.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: But,I know a God, that can see you,
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  • that can hear you, and that canknow you, and not only that,
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  • you can see Him, you can hearHim, and you can know Him.
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  • You can see His works,and you can hear His voice,
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  • and you can know Him,personally.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're in a seriescalled, "The Kings of Babylon",
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  • and we're talking aboutthe four kings that reigned
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  • during the 70 year exile
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  • when Israel was incaptivity of Babylon,
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  • and today we're going totalk about Belshazzar.
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  • Now, let me just let you know,if you do some study on this,
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  • that Belshazzar was ruling.
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  • He's Daniel 5.
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  • We read Daniel 1-4last week, parts of it,
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  • but he actually wasn't the king,he was the crown prince.
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  • The king was Nabonidus.
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  • Let me say it again, Nabonidus.
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  • Nabonidus was actually thoughtraveling most of the time
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  • and building altars for the god-- little 'G' -- of sin.
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  • That was the name ofthe god he served, 'Sin',
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  • and he traveled around Arabiafor about ten years doing that
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  • -- mainly in Arabia, buthe traveled to other places.
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  • So, he put his son inas the king of Babylon,
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  • and he was calledthe king, but actually,
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  • Nabonidus was the king.
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  • Does everyone follow me?
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  • Okay, so the Bible tellsus about Belshazzar,
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  • because Belshazzar,from 556 B.C. to 539 B.C.
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  • was the king, 17 years,even though his father
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  • was actually the king,but his mother
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  • was Nebuchadnezzar's daughter.
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  • So, he's the grandson ofNebuchadnezzar that we started
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  • with last week, alright?
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  • So Daniel 5:1.
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  • "Belshazzar the kingmade a great feast
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  • for a thousand of his lords,"
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  • so think about that,a thousand of his rulers.
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  • By the way, Babylon becamethe leading city in the world,
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  • and most historians believeit was the largest city
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  • in the world,had a population
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  • of about 200.000 people.
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  • So, it was pretty big.
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  • "A thousand of his lords,and drank wine
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  • in the presence of the thousand.
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  • While he tasted the wine,Belshazzar gave the command
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  • to bring the gold and silvervessels which his father,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, had takenfrom the temple which
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  • had been in Jerusalem."
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  • Now, before we go on, let mecomment on that a minute,
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  • because many people then think,well, it says his father
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  • was Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • Cultural, historical,and biblical language
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  • will call the grandfather,the great-grandfather,
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  • any ancestor, the father.
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  • I want you to think aboutall of the times that God said,
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  • "your fathers," plural.
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  • Well, it didn't mean theyhad multiple fathers,
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  • it meant they had multiplefathers -- grandfather,
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  • great-grand --are you following me?
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  • God would also identify Himselfeven as "Your fathers, Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob," okay?
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  • Okay, so when it saysthe father, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • it's talking abouthis grandfather,
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  • okay, alright.
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  • "He had taken from the temple,that which
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  • had been in Jerusalem."
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  • Oh, I needed to mention that.
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  • When Nebuchadnezzarraided the land,
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  • he took the vessels that hadbeen dedicated to the temple
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  • and brought them into Babylon.
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  • I want you to think about nowBelshazzar gets things that were
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  • dedicated to God from the templeand took them for his own use.
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  • This is the tipping pointwith God, when God said,
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  • "That's it, that's enough,because you have taken
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  • what belongs to Me,"and watch what He does.
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  • "The king and his lords,his wives, and his concubines
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  • might drink from them.
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  • Then they brought the goldvessels that had been taken
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  • from the temple ofthe house of God
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  • which had been in Jerusalem,and the king and his lords,
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  • his wives, and his concubinesdrank from them.
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  • They drank wine, and praisedthe gods," little 'G',
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  • "of gold and silver, bronzeand iron, wood and stone."
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  • Now, you can remember that,probably, "gold and silver,
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  • bronze and iron,wood and stone,"
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  • because in a moment,you're going to see that
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  • God gives Daniel divinerevelation about this,
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  • because Daniel is notat this party, alright?
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  • "In the same hour..."
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  • -- they're drinkingfrom the vessels
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  • that belonged to God.
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  • By the way, I don't havetime to develop that,
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  • but think about thatwe have this treasure
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  • in earthen vessels.
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  • We're the vessels thatbelong to God now, okay?
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  • Alright, so,"In the same hour..."
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  • -- this is the story.
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  • You have heard this, butthis is where it happened.
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  • "The fingers of a man's handappeared and wrote opposite
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  • the lampstand on the plaster ofthe wall of the king's palace.
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  • The king saw," now this isa word that jumped out at me,
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  • and the words, "see," "hear,"and "know," jumped out at me,
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  • and that's what we're goingto talk about in a moment.
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  • "The king saw the partof the hand that wrote.
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  • Then the king'scountenance changed,"
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  • I would assume it did.[laughter]
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  • "And his thoughts troubled him,so that the joints of his hips
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  • were loosened and his kneesknocked against each other."
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  • "The king cried aloud tobring in the astrologers,
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  • the Chaldeans, andthe soothsayers."
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  • Nebuchadnezzar did that whenhe couldn't interpret something.
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  • "The king spoke, saying tothe wise men of Babylon,
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  • "Whoever reads this writing,and tells me its interpretation,
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  • shall be clothed with purple,have a chain of gold
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  • around his neck,and he shall be
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  • the third rulerin the kingdom."
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  • Now just to remind you,the reason he would be
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  • the third ruler isbecause Belshazzar
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  • was actually the second ruler.
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  • The first was his father, whowas out building these temples
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  • to the god of sin,okay, so, that's why.
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  • "Now all the king's wise mencame, but they could not
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  • read the writing,or make known to the king
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  • its interpretation.
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  • Then King Belshazzarwas greatly troubled,
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  • his countenance was changed,and his lords were astonished.
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  • The queen," so this ishis mother, who is also --
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  • because remember,his father is actually the king.
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  • This is his mother, who isthe daughter of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • "The queen, because of the wordsof the king and his lords,
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  • came to the banquet hall."
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  • So, she wasn't at thisdebauchery that was going on.
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  • "The queen spoke, saying,"O king, live forever!
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  • Do not let yourthoughts trouble you,
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  • nor let your countenance change.
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  • There is a man in your kingdomin whom is the Spirit
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  • of the Holy God."
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  • She was talking about Daniel.
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  • "And in the daysof your father,"
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  • think about again she'stalking about Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • his grandfather, "light andunderstanding and wisdom,
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  • like the wisdom of the gods,were found in him;
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  • and King Nebuchadnezzaryour father --
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  • your father the king,"
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  • now she's basically sayingthat because she could have
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  • been killed, because he hadthat power to do that.
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  • And so she's tryingto be very respectful,
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  • but she's also trying to saydon't forget
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  • who my dad is, okay?
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  • "Your father the king --made him chief," that's Daniel,
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  • "of the magicians, astrologers,Chaldeans, and soothsayers.
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  • Inasmuch as an excellent spirit,knowledge, understanding,
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  • interpreting dreams,solving riddles,
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  • and explaining enigmaswere found in this Daniel,
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  • whom the king namedBelteshazzar."
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  • Now, do you see the similaritiesbetween the two names,
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  • Belshazzar and Belteshazzar?
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  • Okay, 'bel' -- mostof you heard this.
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  • Bel, it means godin their language,
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  • because it said many timesIsrael worshipped Baals, okay?
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  • So it means god, butin this timeframe,
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  • they felt like thatthe king was god.
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  • Even though there were othergods, he was the main god.
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  • So, bel meansprotector of the gods,
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  • or protector of the king.
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  • So, Nabonidus names his sonprotector of the king
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  • so he can go out and do thesetemples, and basically,
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  • you'll protect mykingship while I'm gone.
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  • But, Nebuchadnezzarnames Belteshazzar --
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  • Daniel, Belteshazzar.
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  • Belteshazzar means protectorof the king's wife.
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  • Now, think about how God canorchestrate the circumstances,
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  • because the queen,who's the king's wife comes,
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  • and she could be killed,and yet God has already planned
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  • that Daniel, who wouldinterpret the dream,
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  • would be called in Chaldean,in Babylonian language --
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  • with Chaldean language,but in Babylon,
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  • the one who protectsthe king's wife,
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  • and it's just kind of amazing
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  • how all this stufffits together.
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  • She says, "Now let Danielbe called, and he will
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  • give the interpretation."
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  • Then Daniel was broughtin before the king.
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  • The king spoke, and said toDaniel, "Are you that Daniel,"
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  • now watch, "who is one ofthe captives from Judah?"
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  • He's basically trying toremind him of his place.
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  • You're a slave, so you betterremember your place here.
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  • He's really scared of him.
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  • "One of the captives from Judah,whom my father the king
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  • brought from Judah?
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  • I have heard of you."
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  • Okay, this is another wordthat jumped out at me,
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  • that Belshazzar hadseen the things of God,
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  • he had heard ofthe things of God.
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  • He says,"I have heard of you,
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  • that the Spiritof God is in you,
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  • and that light and understandingand excellent wisdom
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  • are found in you.
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  • Now the wise men,the astrologers, have been
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  • brought in before me, thatthey should read this writing
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  • and make known to me,"-- again, see, hear, and know
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  • are the three wordsthat jumped out to me --
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  • "its interpretation, but theycould not give an interpretation
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  • of the thing.
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  • And I have heard of you,that you can
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  • give interpretationsand explain enigmas.
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  • Now if you can read the writingand make known to me
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  • its interpretation,you shall be clothed in purple,
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  • have a chain of goldaround your neck,
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  • and shall be the thirdruler in the kingdom".
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  • Daniel answered andsaid before the king,
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  • "Let your gifts be for yourself,and give your rewards
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  • to another; yet I will readthe writing to the king
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  • and make known to himthe interpretation."
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  • Now, let me justsay something.
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  • Basically what he'ssaying is I'll do this,
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  • but I don't need youto try to bribe me,
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  • because God takes care of me.
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  • Very pure here in Daniel.
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  • You're going to see,later in the passage,
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  • I'll just go aheadand explain it,
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  • that he actually takesthe purple robe, the gold,
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  • and is made thirdin the kingdom.
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  • I think he does it becauseonce he interprets it,
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  • he realizes Belshazzaris about to be killed
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  • and a new king's coming in, andhe wants the guy to say, now,
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  • why are you one of the rulers?
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  • Why are you the third guy?
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  • And I really believe he wantsto be able to give counsel
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  • to this new king forthe purposes of God,
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  • so I think his heartis pure in this,
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  • or I'm sure it is, obviously.
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  • Verse 18, "O King, the Most HighGod gave Nebuchadnezzar
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  • your father a kingdom andmajesty, glory and honor,
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  • and because of the majesty Hegave him, all peoples,
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  • nations, and languages trembledin fear before him."
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  • Now before I read this nextline, remember that Belshazzar
  • 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:09.087
  • was kind of sarcastic to Daniel.
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  • He kind of spoke down to him.
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  • He said, "Are youone of the captives,"
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  • aren't you just a slave?
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  • I heard of you, just wantto remind you of your place.
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  • Watch Daniel, because mostpeople don't pick up on this.
  • 00:12:20.932 --> 00:12:24.636
  • He comes back at himwith some sarcasm.
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  • He's talking aboutNebuchadnezzar now.
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  • He says, "Whomever he wished,he executed; whomever he wished,
  • 00:12:29.607 --> 00:12:34.913
  • he kept alive; whomeverhe wished, he set up;
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  • and whomever he wished,he put down."
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  • Here's what he was saying.
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  • You have got to remember,Belshazzar was not the king,
  • 00:12:42.921 --> 00:12:45.190
  • he was the crown prince.
  • 00:12:45.290 --> 00:12:48.459
  • He in essence was remindingBelshazzar of his place.
  • 00:12:48.560 --> 00:12:52.831
  • One of the reasons thatBelshazzar, I think,
  • 00:12:52.931 --> 00:12:55.200
  • was so stubborn was becausehe wanted to be the king,
  • 00:12:55.300 --> 00:13:04.442
  • but he never really was,and he kept being
  • 00:13:04.542 --> 00:13:07.078
  • reminded of that,all the time.
  • 00:13:07.178 --> 00:13:09.113
  • So Daniel, I personallybelieve, decides, you know,
  • 00:13:09.214 --> 00:13:12.984
  • Nebuchadnezzar, whowas the real king,
  • 00:13:13.084 --> 00:13:16.688
  • he did what he wanted to do.
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  • He just kind of throws alittle jab in there, alright?
  • 00:13:18.690 --> 00:13:22.293
  • But then, he goes onabout Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:13:22.393 --> 00:13:24.429
  • "But when his heartwas lifted up
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  • and his spirit washardened in pride,"
  • 00:13:26.231 --> 00:13:29.234
  • that's what we havebeen talking about,
  • 00:13:29.334 --> 00:13:31.035
  • "he was deposed fromhis kingly throne,
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  • and they tookhis glory from him.
  • 00:13:33.004 --> 00:13:35.240
  • Then he was drivenfrom the sons of men,
  • 00:13:35.340 --> 00:13:36.975
  • his heart was madelike the beasts,
  • 00:13:37.075 --> 00:13:38.676
  • and his dwelling waswith the wild donkeys.
  • 00:13:38.776 --> 00:13:41.145
  • They fed him with grass likeoxen, his body was wet
  • 00:13:41.246 --> 00:13:44.415
  • with the dew of heaven, till heknew that the Most High God
  • 00:13:44.515 --> 00:13:49.888
  • rules in the kingdomof men, and appoints
  • 00:13:49.988 --> 00:13:52.790
  • over it whomever He chooses.
  • 00:13:52.891 --> 00:13:55.226
  • But you, his son,"again, the word father
  • 00:13:55.326 --> 00:13:59.430
  • could be translatedancestor, the word son
  • 00:13:59.530 --> 00:14:02.433
  • could be translateddescendent.
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  • You, his descendent,or grandson.
  • 00:14:04.335 --> 00:14:06.871
  • "You, his son, Belshazzar,have not humbled your heart,
  • 00:14:06.971 --> 00:14:13.011
  • although you knew all this."
  • 00:14:13.111 --> 00:14:17.115
  • Again, I'm going to hit thesethree words -- "You saw it,
  • 00:14:17.215 --> 00:14:20.551
  • you heard it, and you knew it,but because of your pride,
  • 00:14:20.652 --> 00:14:26.057
  • you were stubborn";that's what he's saying.
  • 00:14:26.157 --> 00:14:28.593
  • "And you have lifted yourselfup against the Lord of heaven.
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  • They have brought the vesselsof His house before you,
  • 00:14:31.896 --> 00:14:35.667
  • and you and your lords,your wives and your concubines,
  • 00:14:35.767 --> 00:14:39.237
  • have drunk wine from them."
  • 00:14:39.337 --> 00:14:41.205
  • Now watch, the very samestatement of earlier.
  • 00:14:41.306 --> 00:14:43.541
  • "And you have praisedthe gods of silver and gold,
  • 00:14:43.641 --> 00:14:46.811
  • bronze and iron,wood and stone."
  • 00:14:46.911 --> 00:14:49.681
  • Okay, how did Daniel know that,except by divine revelation?
  • 00:14:49.781 --> 00:14:54.919
  • Because see, Danielwasn't at this party.
  • 00:14:55.019 --> 00:14:56.421
  • They had to call him, remember?
  • 00:14:56.521 --> 00:14:59.123
  • So, it's amazing heknew what they had done.
  • 00:14:59.223 --> 00:15:01.993
  • Then here are these three words,and this is the first time
  • 00:15:02.093 --> 00:15:04.696
  • they stood out tome in the passage.
  • 00:15:04.796 --> 00:15:06.331
  • As I went backand read the passage,
  • 00:15:06.431 --> 00:15:08.499
  • then they stoodout to me more.
  • 00:15:08.599 --> 00:15:10.368
  • He said, "You havepraised these gods," what?
  • 00:15:10.468 --> 00:15:13.204
  • "Which do not see,or hear, or know."
  • 00:15:13.304 --> 00:15:18.977
  • Here's what he's saying:"You have praised gods
  • 00:15:19.077 --> 00:15:21.479
  • that can't see you,they can't hear you,
  • 00:15:21.579 --> 00:15:24.682
  • and they can't know youpersonally,
  • 00:15:24.782 --> 00:15:27.652
  • but I know a God that cansee you, that can hear you,
  • 00:15:27.752 --> 00:15:32.156
  • and that can know you, and notonly that, you can see Him,
  • 00:15:32.256 --> 00:15:35.994
  • you can hear Him,and you can know Him.
  • 00:15:36.094 --> 00:15:39.497
  • You can see His works,and you can hear His voice,
  • 00:15:39.597 --> 00:15:42.667
  • and you can know Him personally.
  • 00:15:42.767 --> 00:15:44.702
  • So, that's where we're goingto focus in on, alright?
  • 00:15:44.802 --> 00:15:48.206
  • "And the God who holdsyour breath in His hand
  • 00:15:48.306 --> 00:15:50.708
  • and owns all your ways,you have not glorified.
  • 00:15:50.808 --> 00:15:54.112
  • Then the fingers ofthe hand were sent from Him,
  • 00:15:54.212 --> 00:15:59.117
  • and this writing was written.
  • 00:15:59.217 --> 00:16:02.453
  • And this is the inscriptionthat was written:
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  • MENE, MENE,TEKEL, UPHARSIN."
  • 00:16:05.690 --> 00:16:10.228
  • "MENE, MENE,TEKEL, UPHARSIN",
  • 00:16:10.328 --> 00:16:11.896
  • now, we're goingto keep reading,
  • 00:16:11.996 --> 00:16:13.297
  • but let me explain to youwhat these mean, okay?
  • 00:16:13.398 --> 00:16:15.767
  • And this is why most peoplebelieve that Daniel,
  • 00:16:15.867 --> 00:16:19.570
  • easily, just sawthe interpretation.
  • 00:16:19.670 --> 00:16:22.740
  • In the Hebrew language,there are no consonants --
  • 00:16:22.840 --> 00:16:27.078
  • I mean, "no vowels", pardon me,there are only 22 consonants.
  • 00:16:27.178 --> 00:16:29.914
  • Now, please hear me,they have added vowels
  • 00:16:30.014 --> 00:16:33.985
  • to be able tounderstand it better,
  • 00:16:34.085 --> 00:16:36.354
  • but back then,there were no consonants.
  • 00:16:36.454 --> 00:16:39.323
  • So, the way you readwas simply, like MENE,
  • 00:16:39.424 --> 00:16:42.760
  • you just saw the M and the N.
  • 00:16:42.860 --> 00:16:44.462
  • Also, Hebrew is writtenfrom right to left.
  • 00:16:44.562 --> 00:16:48.066
  • This is probably why theChaldeans and the soothsayers
  • 00:16:48.166 --> 00:16:51.202
  • couldn't understand it, andGod wrote it right to left,
  • 00:16:51.302 --> 00:16:55.173
  • and immediately he sawNM, TKL, and PRS, PHARSIN.
  • 00:16:55.273 --> 00:17:03.915
  • The U of the last wordsimply means "and",
  • 00:17:04.015 --> 00:17:08.019
  • that's all it means.
  • 00:17:08.119 --> 00:17:08.986
  • So, it was MENE, MENE,saying it twice
  • 00:17:09.087 --> 00:17:11.889
  • to get your attention,TEKEL, and then it would be
  • 00:17:11.989 --> 00:17:16.127
  • AND PHARSIN,or PERES, actually
  • 00:17:16.227 --> 00:17:19.263
  • P-R-S in the Hebrew, okay?
  • 00:17:19.363 --> 00:17:21.632
  • Alright, so, thisis what it means,
  • 00:17:21.732 --> 00:17:24.936
  • and I'm going to read itto you in just a moment,
  • 00:17:25.036 --> 00:17:26.404
  • you'll see it,but I want to tell you first.
  • 00:17:26.504 --> 00:17:28.606
  • M-N means manah in Hebrew.
  • 00:17:28.706 --> 00:17:33.377
  • It means -- it refersto, let me say that.
  • 00:17:33.478 --> 00:17:38.349
  • It refers to 50 shekels,but it means numbered.
  • 00:17:38.449 --> 00:17:45.656
  • That's what itactually means.
  • 00:17:45.756 --> 00:17:46.891
  • Manah means numbered.
  • 00:17:46.991 --> 00:17:50.061
  • TEKEL is the wordfor shekel.
  • 00:17:50.161 --> 00:17:55.800
  • T-K-L means shekel.
  • 00:17:55.900 --> 00:17:57.969
  • It refers to one shekel,and a shekel,
  • 00:17:58.069 --> 00:18:01.072
  • the meaning of it,is weighed.
  • 00:18:01.172 --> 00:18:05.143
  • In other words,when you weigh something
  • 00:18:05.243 --> 00:18:06.711
  • to see how heavy it is --weighed.
  • 00:18:06.811 --> 00:18:09.046
  • PHARSIN, or PERES, P-R-Sin Hebrew, means divided.
  • 00:18:09.147 --> 00:18:15.753
  • It actually referredto a half-shekel, half,
  • 00:18:15.853 --> 00:18:19.557
  • a shekel was in half.
  • 00:18:19.657 --> 00:18:21.959
  • But the word itselfmeans divided, okay?
  • 00:18:22.059 --> 00:18:24.829
  • So, let me tell you what thesewords again mean -- numbered,
  • 00:18:24.929 --> 00:18:29.333
  • weighed, and divided, andthe "and" is in there in the U.
  • 00:18:29.433 --> 00:18:34.639
  • Numbered, weighed,and divided.
  • 00:18:34.739 --> 00:18:37.608
  • Now, watch as we read on andyou'll be able to see this,
  • 00:18:37.708 --> 00:18:40.378
  • but you might not have ever seenthis if you hadn't studied
  • 00:18:40.478 --> 00:18:42.580
  • some Hebrew or had someonetell you about it.
  • 00:18:42.680 --> 00:18:45.216
  • "This is the interpretationof each word.
  • 00:18:45.316 --> 00:18:48.286
  • MENE: God has numberedyour kingdom, and finished it.
  • 00:18:48.386 --> 00:18:54.859
  • TEKEL: You have been weighed,"that's what it means, remember,
  • 00:18:54.959 --> 00:18:58.930
  • "in the balances,and found wanting.
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.232
  • PERES," which is again,the Hebrew for PHARSIN,
  • 00:19:01.332 --> 00:19:04.468
  • "Your kingdom hasbeen divided, and given
  • 00:19:04.569 --> 00:19:07.672
  • to the Medesand the Persians."
  • 00:19:07.772 --> 00:19:11.409
  • Then Belshazzar gave thecommand, and they clothed
  • 00:19:11.509 --> 00:19:14.612
  • Daniel with purple, put a chainof gold around his neck,
  • 00:19:14.712 --> 00:19:17.715
  • and made a proclamationconcerning him
  • 00:19:17.815 --> 00:19:20.017
  • that he should be the thirdruler in the kingdom.
  • 00:19:20.117 --> 00:19:23.087
  • That very night, Belshazzar,king of the Chaldeans,
  • 00:19:23.187 --> 00:19:28.593
  • was slain, and Darius the Mede,"Darius, the Medes
  • 00:19:28.693 --> 00:19:33.164
  • and Persians hadcome together.
  • 00:19:33.264 --> 00:19:34.865
  • Cyrus is a Persian,Darius is a Mede.
  • 00:19:34.966 --> 00:19:38.302
  • "Darius the Medereceived the kingdom,
  • 00:19:38.402 --> 00:19:40.371
  • being aboutsixty-two years old."
  • 00:19:40.471 --> 00:19:42.306
  • Alright, so, what dowe want to talk about?
  • 00:19:42.406 --> 00:19:44.642
  • We want to talk aboutstubbornness,
  • 00:19:44.742 --> 00:19:46.477
  • which comes from pride.
  • 00:19:46.577 --> 00:19:47.778
  • So, here's point numberone about Belshazzar.
  • 00:19:47.878 --> 00:19:51.716
  • He saw, but he didn't look.
  • 00:19:51.816 --> 00:19:55.953
  • He saw, but he didn't look.
  • 00:19:56.053 --> 00:19:58.956
  • Moses, it said, "saw the burningbush and turned aside to look."
  • 00:19:59.056 --> 00:20:07.898
  • Belshazzar saw, probablyas a little boy,
  • 00:20:07.999 --> 00:20:11.202
  • all of these things thathappened to his grandfather.
  • 00:20:11.302 --> 00:20:14.238
  • He saw that God was at work.
  • 00:20:14.338 --> 00:20:17.241
  • He saw the true God,He knew the true God.
  • 00:20:17.341 --> 00:20:20.278
  • But, he never stopped tolook for himself to have
  • 00:20:20.378 --> 00:20:23.614
  • a personal encounter with God.
  • 00:20:23.714 --> 00:20:26.083
  • This talks about that he wentand got the holy vessels,
  • 00:20:26.183 --> 00:20:29.420
  • that he brought them in.
  • 00:20:29.520 --> 00:20:31.088
  • Okay, obviously this refersto the tithe -- obviously.
  • 00:20:31.188 --> 00:20:35.459
  • He takes what is holy,and he brings it in
  • 00:20:35.559 --> 00:20:39.530
  • and uses it for himself.
  • 00:20:39.630 --> 00:20:40.631
  • Now, in my life,I have shown people
  • 00:20:40.731 --> 00:20:44.201
  • verses straight out ofthe Bible about tithing,
  • 00:20:44.302 --> 00:20:47.138
  • and here's whatI feel like they do.
  • 00:20:47.238 --> 00:20:49.273
  • They see them, butthey don't look.
  • 00:20:49.373 --> 00:20:52.943
  • It shocks me,it shocks me.
  • 00:20:53.044 --> 00:20:55.846
  • "Bring the titheinto the storehouse,"
  • 00:20:55.946 --> 00:20:59.784
  • and yet, they don't tithe.
  • 00:20:59.884 --> 00:21:01.652
  • Okay, I understand, you havesome areas you're struggling in,
  • 00:21:01.752 --> 00:21:05.156
  • I have some areas,let me say it another way.
  • 00:21:05.256 --> 00:21:07.391
  • We have some areasthat we're stubborn in.
  • 00:21:07.491 --> 00:21:11.362
  • We all do, follow me?
  • 00:21:11.462 --> 00:21:13.230
  • So, I'm going to give you a keythat's going to blow you away.
  • 00:21:13.331 --> 00:21:16.934
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:21:17.034 --> 00:21:17.935
  • Intimacy -- intimacywith God and others.
  • 00:21:18.035 --> 00:21:22.406
  • Now, I'm going to give youa definition of intimacy that
  • 00:21:22.506 --> 00:21:25.209
  • I don't thinkyou'll ever forget.
  • 00:21:25.309 --> 00:21:27.945
  • You ready?
  • 00:21:28.045 --> 00:21:30.314
  • Intimacy, here it is, here's thedefinition -- "into me, see".
  • 00:21:30.414 --> 00:21:39.156
  • In other words, I am givingyou permission to see into me.
  • 00:21:39.256 --> 00:21:47.832
  • So, here's the second point,he heard, but he didn't listen.
  • 00:21:47.932 --> 00:21:53.337
  • He heard about Nebuchadnezzareating grass.
  • 00:21:53.437 --> 00:21:57.475
  • He heard about Danielinterpreting dreams.
  • 00:21:57.575 --> 00:22:00.244
  • He heard about Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego,
  • 00:22:00.344 --> 00:22:03.381
  • but it didn't doanything for him.
  • 00:22:03.481 --> 00:22:05.850
  • It didn't change his heart,are you all following me?
  • 00:22:05.950 --> 00:22:08.953
  • Here's number three, heknew, but he didn't learn.
  • 00:22:09.053 --> 00:22:14.759
  • Now remember I said,see, hear, and know?
  • 00:22:14.859 --> 00:22:18.062
  • Okay, but notice the other threewords I used:
  • 00:22:18.162 --> 00:22:20.631
  • look, listen, and learn.
  • 00:22:20.731 --> 00:22:23.701
  • Because I spent so much timereading the chapter,
  • 00:22:23.801 --> 00:22:27.438
  • I'm going to go straight to theend part,
  • 00:22:27.538 --> 00:22:31.575
  • how this happenedand I saw this.
  • 00:22:31.675 --> 00:22:35.413
  • All of our children werestrong-willed,
  • 00:22:35.513 --> 00:22:37.915
  • but one turned his willto the Lord early,
  • 00:22:38.015 --> 00:22:41.452
  • but two of my children reallydidn't turn their will
  • 00:22:41.552 --> 00:22:43.888
  • to the Lord until they were intheir late teenage years.
  • 00:22:43.988 --> 00:22:46.624
  • My son, James, was verystrong-willed growing up.
  • 00:22:46.724 --> 00:22:52.029
  • We actually tried to use theword strong-willed
  • 00:22:52.129 --> 00:22:53.931
  • instead of stubborn, because wedidn't want to speak
  • 00:22:54.031 --> 00:22:55.766
  • something negative over him, butin our minds
  • 00:22:55.866 --> 00:22:58.502
  • we knew he was stubborn.
  • 00:22:58.602 --> 00:23:00.004
  • So, as he got to be an olderteenager, he was about
  • 00:23:00.104 --> 00:23:03.574
  • a senior in high school, Icouldn't take it anymore,
  • 00:23:03.674 --> 00:23:06.844
  • and we got into one of thosefights one night.
  • 00:23:06.944 --> 00:23:08.979
  • And I finally said to him,and I hate to say this,
  • 00:23:09.079 --> 00:23:11.248
  • but I said to him,"I really don't even want you
  • 00:23:11.348 --> 00:23:14.618
  • living here anymore, because youwill not listen to your mother,
  • 00:23:14.718 --> 00:23:19.490
  • and you won't listen to me.
  • 00:23:19.590 --> 00:23:21.625
  • And I'm tired of it, and I'mgoing to try to see
  • 00:23:21.725 --> 00:23:24.695
  • if I can find another place foryou to live."
  • 00:23:24.795 --> 00:23:26.897
  • That's how mad I was.
  • 00:23:26.997 --> 00:23:28.933
  • And he said, "That's fine withme,"
  • 00:23:29.033 --> 00:23:31.569
  • and Debbie started crying.
  • 00:23:31.669 --> 00:23:35.439
  • And she said, "I will get on myknees and beg the two of you
  • 00:23:35.539 --> 00:23:41.512
  • to stop being so stubborn,
  • 00:23:41.612 --> 00:23:45.249
  • because I don't wantto lose my family."
  • 00:23:45.349 --> 00:23:49.286
  • And something happenedin my heart as a believer,
  • 00:23:49.386 --> 00:23:52.323
  • and in James' heart as a personwho truly
  • 00:23:52.423 --> 00:23:54.225
  • had not submitted his will,yet, and a few weeks later,
  • 00:23:54.325 --> 00:23:58.696
  • we noticed a change in James.
  • 00:23:58.796 --> 00:24:01.198
  • We just noticed a change.
  • 00:24:01.298 --> 00:24:02.967
  • Because he turnedhis strong will to God.
  • 00:24:03.067 --> 00:24:12.776
  • There are some of you herethat have never done that,
  • 00:24:12.877 --> 00:24:19.350
  • and you need to do it today.
  • 00:24:19.450 --> 00:24:20.918
  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'mso proud of my son.
  • 00:24:21.418 --> 00:24:23.354
  • My is son is actuallya pastor on our staff, today,
  • 00:24:23.454 --> 00:24:27.157
  • but he hadto make a decision,
  • 00:24:27.258 --> 00:24:29.126
  • like all of us haveto make a decision,
  • 00:24:29.226 --> 00:24:31.629
  • and that is not just willwe believe, in our heads,
  • 00:24:31.729 --> 00:24:36.200
  • that Jesus is the Lord,but will we receive Him,
  • 00:24:36.300 --> 00:24:40.104
  • in our hearts, as Lord?
  • 00:24:40.204 --> 00:24:42.473
  • And, in order to do that,we have to turn our will
  • 00:24:42.573 --> 00:24:46.010
  • toward God.
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:47.444
  • So, I'm asking you,right now,
  • 00:24:47.545 --> 00:24:48.879
  • will you makethat decision?
  • 00:24:48.979 --> 00:24:51.282
  • Will you turn yourwill toward the Lord?
  • 00:24:51.382 --> 00:24:54.919
  • Will you walk in humility,not in pride,
  • 00:24:55.019 --> 00:24:58.355
  • and let Jesus be your Lord,and not just your Savior?
  • 00:24:58.455 --> 00:25:03.561
  • I love you guys, so much.
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  • I love that you lovethe Word of God.
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  • I want you to tune innext time because
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  • I'm going to continuethis serious.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • - Announcer: We're so gladthat you joined us
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  • for today's program,we hope that you've enjoyed
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  • this message fromPastor's Robert's series,
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  • "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • In this series,he brings to life
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  • the storiesof four ancient kings,
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  • and relates themto the struggles
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  • God's peoplestill face today,
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  • and more importantly,His redemptive plan
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  • that awaits us all.
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  • We want you to havea copy of this new series.
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  • So for your giftof any amount today,
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  • we'll send you“Kings of Babylon”
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  • on either CDor as a digital download
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  • as our way of sayingthank you.
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  • For your gift of $55or more we will send you
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  • this series on bothCD and DVD.
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  • You'll be challenged andencouraged as you learn more
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  • about what the Bible says aboutpride and humility,
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  • so be sure to orderyour copy today.
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  • To get your copyof these resources,
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  • please call usor visit us online today
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  • at PastorRobert.com.
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  • You can also getthe “Kings of Babylon” series
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  • as an audio or video digitaldownload on our website,
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  • as well as many otherresources to help you grow
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  • in your relationshipwith the Lord.
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  • We'd also love to hearabout what God
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  • is doing in your lifeas a result of applying
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  • these truths from His Word.
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  • Be sure to visit us onlineat PastorRobert.com
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  • to share your storieswith us and to let us know
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  • about any prayerneeds that you may have
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  • so that we can agree with youfor God's best for your life.
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  • We look forward to hearingfrom you, and as always,
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  • thank you for your generousprayer and financial support
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  • of Pastor RobertMorris Ministries.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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