WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL? Another Dick Emery Sermon.


FOLLOWING CHRIST IN A PRECHRISTIAN WORLD PART II

“WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL?”

DANIEL 2

INRODUCTION:

VIDEO CLIP-“WHERE IS GOD?”

WHERE DOES THE TERM “BACK AGAINST THE WALL” COME FROM? (EXECUTION BY FIRING SQUAD)

IN THIS CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL WE FIND DANIEL WITH HIS ‘

“BACK AGAINST THE WALL.” THE KING, NEBUCHANEZZAR HAS HAD A DREAM.THAT GREATLY TROUBLES HIM. HE CALLS FOR HIS SORCERERS AND ASTROLOGERS AND ASKS THEM TO NOT ONLY INTERPRET HIS DREAM BUT TO, ALSO, TELL HIM WHAT HIS DREAM WAS. THIS THE WISEMEN OF BABYLON FOUND IMPOSSIBLE TO DO. THE KING DECREES THAT, IF THEY, THE WISEMEN OF BABYLON, CANNOT DO IT, ALL OF THE WISEMEN OF BABYLON WILL TO BE PUT TO DEATH, INCLUDING DANIEL AND HIS HEBREW FRIENDS.

SUDDENLY DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS ARE CAUGHT IN A SITUATION THAT IS NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING. THEY FIND THEIR “BACKS AGAINST THE WALL.” AT SOME TIME, IF YOU AND I ARE SINCERELY TRYING TO FOLLOW CHRIST, IN A WORLD THAT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND, WE WILL FIND OURSELVES IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT DO WE DO THEN?

I FIND THAT THERE ARE SOME OPTIONS. ONE OF THE OPTIONS IS UNIQUELY 21ST CENTURY. IT IS THE IDEA THAT WE CAN GET OURSELVES OUT OF THE SITUATION THROUGH OUR OWN HUMAN INGENUITY. (LIKE THE GUY WHO, UPON HIS DEATH, PLANNED TO HAVE HIMSELF BURIED IN A FOUR WHEEL DRIVE, SO THAT HE COULD DRIVE HIMSELF OUT OF THE GRAVE.) THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM OF A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE OF HIGH POWERED COMPUTORS, ELECTRONIC MARVELS AND SMART BOMBS IS THAT HUMAN INGENUITY CAN GET US OUT OF ANYTHING. THIS CAN CARRY OVER INTO OUR CHRISTIAN WALK.

ANOTHER APPROACH, TODAY WHEN IT COMES TO HANDLING “BACK TO THE WALL EXPERIENCES” IS WHAT I WOULD CALL “THE MYSTICAL APPROACH.” IT IS THE IDEA THAT NO MATTER WHAT TIGHT PLACE WE MAY FIND OURSELVES IN, GOD IS GOING TO SUPERNATURALLY GET US OUT OF IT. MAYBE HE WILL AND MAYBE HE WON’T. IF YOU HAVE READ HEBREWS 11 YOU HAVE DISCOVERED THAT GOD DOESN’T ALWAYS GET HIS PEOPLE OUT OF SITUATIONS THAT ARE NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING, BUT HE DOES GO THROUGH THE SITUATION WITH THEM. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN GOD WANTS TO DEEPEN US RATHER THAN RESCUE US. THE QUESTION IS; ARE WE READY TO ACCEPT THAT.

THERE IS ANOTHER FACTOR TO BE CONSIDERED. MAYBE OUR BACK TO THE WALL EXPERIENCE IS THE RESULT OF OUR OWN FOOLISHNESS. WE MAY HAVE THE MISTAKEN IDEA THAT GOD IS GOING TO RESCUE US OVER THE TOP OF OUR OWN FOOLISHNESS, OUR OWN BAD CHOICES. HE WON’T DO THAT. (EXAMPLE-DWIGHT NOLAND)

IN DANIEL’S CASE, HE AND HIS FRIENDS FOUND THEMSEVES IN A THREATENING SITUATION THAT WAS NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING. THEY REALLY DIDN’T KNOW IF GOD WAS GOING TO DELIVER THEM FROM IT. ONE THING THAT THEY DID KNOW WAS THAT THEIR GOD COULD BE TRUSTED. SO HOW DID THEY HANDLE IT? WHAT WAS THEIR ATTITUDE?

· DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT LIFE, AT TIMES, WAS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL.

DO YOU ACCEPT THAT FACT OR DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL? IF THE LATTER IS TRUE OF YOU, THEN YOUR LIFE IS FILLED WITH A LOT MORE FRUSTRATION AND CONSTERNATION THAN IT SHOULD BE. YOU ARE PROBABLY HAVING A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING WHAT JESUS MEANT WHEN HE SAID; “COME TO ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.” (MATT. 11:28)

I AM AMAZED BY DANIEL’S CALM RESPONSE WHEN HE DISCOVERS ARIOCH, THE COMMANDER OF THE KING’S GUARD PREPARING TO EXECUTE ALL OF THEM, TALK ABOUT HAVING YOUR BACK AGAINST THE WALL. HE KEPT HIS COOL.

VERSES 14-16 “WHEN ARIOCH, THE COMMANDER OF THE KING’S GUARD, HAD GONE OUT TO PUT TO DEATH THE WISEMEN OF BABYLON, DANIEL SPOKE TO HIM WITH WISDOM AND TACT. HE ASKED THE KING’S OFFICER, ‘WHY DID THE KING ISSUE SUCH A HARSH DECREE?’ ARIOCH THEN EXPLAINED THE MATTER TO DANIEL. AT THIS DANIEL WENT INTO THE KING AND ASKED FOR TIME, SO THAT HE MIGHT INTERPRET THE DREAM FOR HIM.’

WILLIAM CARR PEEL, AUTHOR:

“IF WE HAVEN’T LEARNED THAT LIFE IS OUT OF OUR CONTROL YET, ALL WE NEED TO DO IS WAIT. GOD WILL ALLOW US TO EXPERIENCE THIS FACT-FIRST HAND-IN ORDER THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM BETTER.ONE SAGE SAID IT WELL: ‘LIFE IS MEANT TO BRING US A SUCCESSION OF EXPERIENCES TO SHOW US OUR NEED OF CHRIST.’ WHETHER OUR FAITH

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