How delusional we are if we think we are in control.
How delusional Nebuchadnezzar was to think he was in control.
Any power he had was given to him by the Lord and could be and would be taken away by the Lord.
Paige said Nebuchadnezzar was impressed but not transformed. He still thought, somehow, that he was in control.
Paige compared his reaction to Betsie ten Boom’s reaction when Corrie had a bad dream of their family being carried off in a cart to a dark place. Corrie asked Betsie if she thought the dream would come true.
“I don’t know,” Betsie said softly. “But if God has shown us bad times ahead, it’s enough for me that He knows about them. That’s why He sometimes shows us things, you know — to tell us that this too is in His hands.”
Corrie and Betsie ten Boom
West End provided such good questions. Perhaps they had access to Paige’s notes because of the snowstorm. I will use some of them — they are optional to the green group, but I’ll put them in red.
Again, we’ll follow her outline instead of the days of the week, so you can go at your own pace.
Icebreaker (Optional) Be brief with any answer!
George Swinnock (1627-1678), in Spurgeon’s Commentary, said: “Physicians have judged dreams to help understand their patients.” What are your dreams like — do you find them significant? If so, why?
Resistance to God’s Sovereignty/ Read Daniel 2:1-12
1. What stands out to you from the above text and why?
2. Describe Nebuchadnezzar’s “unhinged demands.” How did they increase in intensity? (verse 12)
3. Listen up to when Paige reads Daniel 2:13-22 and share what stands out to you and why.
4. Why did her 4-year-old throw a tantrum after looking at her wedding album? What was Paige’s point?
5. Give examples of times you feel frustrated, even angry with God. Have you ever repented of trying to control God in your prayer life, or other aspects of your walk with Him? Can you point to tangible examples of this?
Rest in God’s Sovereignty/ Read Daniel 2:13-30
6. What stands out to you from the above text and why?
7. How would you contrast Nebuchadnezzar with Daniel in this passage?
8. Listen up to when Paige reads Daniel 2:24-30 and share what stands out to you and why.
9. Pray – What does Daniel ask his friends to pray for? (v. 18)
10. Are you crying out to God for wisdom throughout the day — or just when you are in trouble?
11. What did Bartimaeus, the Syrophoenician woman, the bleeding woman, and Paige’s friend who was suffering in death do? When have you been there and what did you do?
Trials do not disappear when we praise God, but our hearts are healed from despair when we praise God.
12. Comment on the above.
13. Why it is significant that of all God’s perfect attributes, in verses 20-22, Daniel praises God for His wisdom and might? Application to you?
14. Why is interpreting the dream dangerous for Daniel? How does he respond?
15. Read Daniel 2:24-30 and share what stands out to you and why.
16. Listen to Paige up to her reading of Daniel 2:31-45 and share what stands out to you and why.
17. What conjunction in verse 28 is important for us to see and why? How does this relate to Betsie ten Boom’s comment? To your life in this darkening world today?
Realities of God’s Sovereignty/ Read Daniel 2:31-45
18. Read Daniel 2:31-45 and share what stands out to you and why.
19. Listen to Paige up to her final reading and share what stands out to you and why?
20 She said not to over-analyze the statue but to get the main point. What is the main point that Nebuchadnezzar should have gotten and which we must get?
21. How does the Rock differ from the kingdoms of gold, silver, bronze, and iron/clay? What does that mean to you?
22. What did Paige mean when she said, “If we realize all we have is a ‘tear down’ we can use it for the eternal purposes of people.” Application?
23. What was her point about the identical church services before and after the 2016 election?
Response to God’s Sovereignty/ Read Daniel 2:46-49
26. What stands out to you from the text and why?
27. Listen to the end of Paige’s lecture and share what stands out to and why.
28. Does it seem ridiculous that Nebuchadnezzar could hear this from the Lord and only be impressed but not transformed? Can you see that this proclamation is as much about our future as it was about his? And, as such, can you give concrete examples of how this truth should not only impress but also change you?
29. What are some ways Paige exalted Christ to melt our hearts with His beauty in her closing?