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Daniel 1 Cross-References and Discussion Questions


I. Neb addresses the nation with praise for God (1-3)
II. Neb has another dream: only Daniel can interpret it (4-9)
III. Neb relates the dream (10-18)
IV. Daniel interprets the dream (19-27)
V. The dream is fulfilled (28-33)
VI. Neb repents, is restored, and praises God (34-37)

I. Neb addresses the nation with praise for God (1-3)

Why do you think Neb wanted to declare the things God had done?
Why would he be willing to bring public shame on himself for the embarrassing episode?
If something like this happens to you, would you like to share it with everyone?
What does the fact that he was willing to share it, show about his new attitude?


Psalms 92:1-2 – It is good to praise the Lord.
Psalms 66:16 – Come and listen to all the good God has done to me.
Psalms 72:18, 86:10 – God alone does marvelous things.

II. Neb has another dream: only Daniel can interpret it (4-9)

What similarities are there between this and the last time Neb had a dream?
Why do you think he would turn to the ineffective “wise” men again?
Did he believe Daniel could solve this problem? Why didn’t he turn to Daniel sooner?
Can you think of any comparable situations in the world where people keep turning to something ineffective? (Turn to politicians)
Why do they do it?
Why do people not want to turn to God/Church/Believers more?

Luke 12:19-20 – Just when you are at rest, God’s verdict against you might come down.
Isaiah 44:24-26 – He makes fools of diviners, but fulfills the word of His messengers.

III. Neb relates the dream (10-18)

What is an angelic watcher?
What role did he have?
How long do you thin is seven periods of time?

IV. Daniel interprets the dream (19-27)

Why do you think Daniel was appalled?
What does this show about his relationship to Neb?
Do you think the latter part of verse 19 is true, or just flattery?
Does verse 22 remind you of any other prophetic condemnations (Nathan against David)?
Why was Neb going to face this punishment?
What principle does this teach (pride goes before the fall and God’s sovereignty)?
Did you ever experience God humbling you when you were prideful?
What advice did Daniel have for Neb?
Did he listen?

Psalms 119:46 – I will speak of your statutes before kings and not be put to shame.
Proverbs 28:13 – The one who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper, but the one who confesses finds mercy.
Isaiah 55:6-7 – Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on Him while He is near.
Ezekiel 18:21 – If a wicked man repents, God will forgive.
Matthew 3:8 – Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

V. The dream is fulfilled (28-33)

What event immediately brought God’s punishment down?
Is this a common problem for rich/powerful people?
Is it a common problem for poor/not powerful people?
How can we apply the lessons Neb learned to our lives?
What kind of condition did Neb have? Is this a parable or an actual event? Why?

VI. Neb repents, is restored, and praises God (34-37)

What was Neb’s response to the punishment?
Do you think after this he finally learned his lesson?
Do you think he was genuinely saved?

James 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:5-6, Proverbs 3:34, 29:23, Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before the fall.
Isaiah 46:9-11, Isaiah 14:24-27, Psalms 135:6, Psalms 33:9-11 – God’s sovereignty and plan. He does what He pleases.

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