Tonight, Lord willing, I will be speaking from the fourth chapter of Daniel on Nebuchadnezzar’s fall. Pride had filled the “Head of Gold’s” heart and he incessantly thought of his greatness. It consumed him. What made his pride so evil was that God gave Babylon to him. What the Lord tried to prove to him was that it was the hand of God, not the work of Nebuchadnezzar, that produced that great empire.
So, the Bible says, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream. It was the vision of a large tree with branches that sprawled to the ends of the earth and fruit for all to eat. Under it were the beasts of the earth; in it were all the birds of the air. It spoke of Nebuchadnezzar’s greatness. But, notice what Daniel saw in verse thirteen: I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
- The angels watch to execute God’s will. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. – Psalms 103:20-21. Notice Revelation 4:8 which says, And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:8). Clearly, they have an eye to do the will of God.
- They have good men committed to their charge. Psalm 34:7 says, The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).
- They are recorders of men’s sins. Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord. (Jer 4:16-17).
- The ministry of angels is both for good and for destruction. Compare the watching over Abraham for good, and over Sodom for wrath after long watching in vain for good men in it, for whose sake He would spare it, Ge 18:23-33; and over Lot for good, Ge 19:1-38.
The Bible sets forth unequivocably that angels do the will of God. They are at his beck-and-call. They do what is asked of them without hesitation. In this case they would remove the empire from Nebuchadnezzar and banish him to the wilderness.
However, as I thought about that, this is what convicted me. These do the will of God, without having the joys that the Christian has.
Think of these verses in I Peter 1:8-12: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
It is the grace of God on hell-deserving sinners that the angels cannot understand, yet they do the will of God; but what about me? I was born a sinner, alienated by God. I was an “alien” by birth and a sinner by “choice,” until the day that God convicted my heart and I saw my need of the Saviour. I heard the gospel message that Christ in love for the world was sent by the Father to take my place. He was not dying for the angels; He was dying for me.
My question is…what has Christ’s sacrifice for you gotten for Himself? Isaac Watts in his famed “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” said, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” If a created being yields to and accomplishes the will of God, should not a fallen creature that is now a son of God work in the same spirit to accomplish our Savior’s will?
So often lately I have had this thought: “What did Jesus get out of Calvary?” Too often he gets the half-heartedness of the people, but He deserves it all! He gets love, but not unequalled love. He gets crumbs, yes, but He deserves the cake. Paul said, I beseech you therefore, BRETHREN, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
May our heart cry out with the Moravian missionaries who exclaimed, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His sufferings!” Let’s move forward doing the will of God!