What is Seen
Nebuchadnezzar - who is he?
The Dream- what happens to the man?
What does it Say
In their book discussing the tragedy of domestic violence and battered women, the husband/wife team of psychologist James Alsdurf and former Family Life Today editor Phyllis Alsdurf, discuss the need for repentance on the part of those who abuse their spouses. Their strong, yet true, words have applications to other areas of shortcoming in our lives: The victim of abuse can choose to forgive her batterer, both for his sake and for her own, but the work of reconciliation cannot begin until the batterer repents. And repentance is a process. It starts when the batterer spiritually and psychologically faces the awfulness of his actions. There must come that loathing of oneself for one’s sins as Ezekiel exhorts: “Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices” (Ezekiel 36:31, NIV). The horrors of the past must be named, not left vague and undefined. Here sin and sickness move from the abstract to the concrete. And, most importantly, the batterer takes responsibility for what he has done.*