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God has taught monarchs the truth that He alone is God

CharlesSpurgeonAgain: how has he taught this great truth to monarchs! There are some who have been most proud that have had to learn it in a way more hard than others. Take for instance, Nebuchadnezzar. His crown is on his head, his purple robe is over his shoulders; he walks through proud Babylon, and says, “Is not this great Babylon which I have builded?” Do you see that creature in the field there? It is a man. “A man?” say you; its hair has grown like eagles’ feathers; and its nails like bird’s claws; it walketh on all fours, and eateth grass, like an ox; it is driven out from men. That is the monarch who said- “Is not this great Babylon that I have builded?” And now he is restored to Babylon’s palace, that he may “bless the Most High who is able to abase those that walk in pride.” I remember another monarch. Look at Herod. He sits in the midst of his people, and he speaks. Hear ye the impious shout? “It is the voice of God,” they cry, “and not the voice of man.” The proud monarch gives not God the glory; he affects the god and seems to shake the spheres, imagining himself divine. There is a worm that creepeth into his body, and yet another, and another, and ere that sun has set, he is eaten up of worms. Ah! monarch! Thou thoughtest of being a god, and worms have eaten thee! Thou hast thought of being more than man; and what art thou? Less than man, for worms consume thee, and thou art the prey of corruption. Thus God humbleth the proud, thus he abaseth the mighty. We might give you instances from modern history; but the death of a king is all-sufficient to teach this one lesson, if men would but learn it. When kings die, and in funeral pomp are carried to the grave, we are taught the lesson- “I am God, and beside me there is none else.” When we hear of revolutions, and the shaking of empires-when we see old dynasties tremble, and gray-haired monarchs driven from their thrones, then it is that Jehovah seems to put his foot upon land and sea, and with his hand uplifted cries-”Hear! ye inhabitants of the earth! Ye are but as grasshoppers; ‘I am God, and beside me there is none else.’”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

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