one night during the second year of his reign nebuchadnezzar had such disturbing dreams that he couldn’t sleep.
he called in his magicians enchanters sorcerers and astrologers and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed.
as they stood before the king he said ” I have had a dream that deeply troubles me and I must know what it means” but the king said to the astrologers ” I am serious about this. if you don’t tell me what my dream was and what it means you will be torn limb from limb and your houses will be turned into heaps of rubble but if you tell me what I dreamed and what the dream means I will give you many wonderful gifts and honors . just tell me the dream and what it means.”
they said again ” please your majesty . tell us the dream and we will tell you what it means.”
the king replied” I know what you are doing . you’re stalling for time because you know I am serious when I say ‘ if you don’t tell me the dream you are doomed’ so you have conspired to tell me lies hoping I will change my mind but tell me the dream and then i’ll know that you can tell me what it means.”
the astrologers replied to the king ” no one on earth can tell the king his dream and no king however great and powerful has ever asked such a thing of any magician enchanter or astrologer . the king’s demand is impossible. no one except the gods can tell you your dream and they do not live here among people.”
the king was furious when he heard this and he ordered that all the wise men of Babylon be executed and because of the king’s decree they were sent to find and kill daniel and his friends.
when Arioch the commander of the king’s guard came to kill them daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion .
he asked Arioch ” why has the king issued such a harsh decree?” so Arioch told him all that had happened.
daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant then daniel went home and told his friends hananiah , mishael and azariah what had happened .
he urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them HIs mercy by telling them the secret so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon.
that night the secret was revealed to daniel in a vision.
then daniel praised the God of heaven.
He said ” praise the name of God forever and ever for He has all wisdom and power
He controls the course of world events , He removes kings and sets up other kings
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars
He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness though He is surrounded by light
I thank and praise you God of my ancestors for you have given me wisdom and strength
you have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”
then daniel went in to see Arioch whom the king had ordered to execute the wise men of Babylon.
daniel said to him ” don’t kill the wise men. take me to the king and I will tell him the meaning of his dream.”
Arioch quickly took daniel to the king and said ” I have found one of the captives from Judah who will tell the king the meaning of his dream.”
the king said to daniel ( also known as belteshazzar) ” is this true? can you tell me what my dream was and what it means?”
daniel replied” there are no wise men enchanters magicians or fortunetellers that can reveal the king’s secrets but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and He has shown king nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed. while your majesty was sleeping you dreamed about coming events. He who reveals secrets has shown you what is going to happen and it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream but because God wanted you to understand what was in your heart. in your vision your majesty you saw standing before you a huge shining statue of a man. it was frightening to behold. the head of the statue was made of fine gold. its chest and arms were silver its belly and thighs were bronze its legs were iron and its feet were a combination of iron and baked clay. as you watched a rock was cut from the mountain but not by human hands. it struck the feet of iron and clay smashing them to bits. the whole statue was crushed into small pieces of iron clay bronze silver and gold then the wind blew them away without a trace like chaff on a threshing floor but the rock that knocked the statue down became a great mountain that covered the whole earth. that was the dream. now we will tell the king what it means. your majesty you are the greatest of kings. the God of heaven has given you sovereignty power strength and honour. He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the wild animals and birds under your control . you are the head of gold but after your kingdom comes to an end another kingdom inferior to yours will rise to take your place. after that kingdom has fallen yet a 3rd kingdom represented by bronze will rise to rule the world. following that kingdom there will be a 4th one as strong as iron . that kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes . the feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay showing that this kingdom will be divided . like iron mixed with clay it will have some of the strength of the iron but while some parts of it will be strong as iron other parts will be as weak as clay. this mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage but they will not hold together just as iron and clay do not mix.
during the reigns of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. it will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness and it will stand forever. that is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain though not by human hands that crushed to pieces the statue of iron bronze clay silver and gold . the great God was showing the king what will happen in the future . the dream is true and it’s meaning is certain.”
then king nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before daniel and worshipped him and he commanded his people to burn sacrifices and offer sweet incense before him.
the king said to daniel ” truly your God is the greatest of gods the Lord over kings a revealer of mysteries for you have been able to reveal this secret” then the king appointed daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts .
he made daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon as well as chief over all his wise men.
at Daniel’s request the king appointed shadrach Meshach and Abednego to be in charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon while daniel remained in the king’s court.
selah ❤ 🙂
I am sure all of us have had times in our lives when our dreams freaked us out and made us restless robbing us from that minimum 5 hours undisturbed rest each of us requires to replenish our batteries once a day which makes us more fresh faced and bearable for the rest of the world when they are forced to interact with us.
I bet when the magicians came to king nebuchadnezzar that morning they never expected it would be their last day on earth due to their incompetence at guessing precisely what constituted his dreams.
it is normal procedure to interpret a dream after the contents have been divulged.
it is far more evidential and obviously a miracle where a dream is both discussed without the need for the one experiencing it to bring it up and explained subsequently by the same person.
no one wants to be homeless or experience their body being wrenched til their arms and legs came loose from their sockets.
any vizier with half a brain would make up something on the spot rather than risking the loss of their head due to their incompetence .
the promise of untold riches wasn’t enough to lure the magicians to obey their king and risk him finding out later about their misdeeds.
it was wrong for king nebuchadnezzar to malign the reputation of his clumsy wizards and claim they were intentionally conspiring against him.
it is interesting that king nebuchadnezzar was the first to break with royal tradition.
its also noteworthy that in the Babylonian belief system God cannot assume human flesh but that’s exactly what He did when He sent HIs son Jesus to come and be born in the belly of a woman and live amongst others with intent to stay true and be faithful to the cause of being used in the process of winning souls for HIm.
the viziers didn’t live very long to regret their decision to die honest instead of compromising due to their desire to live to a ripe old age.
I am sure daniel was terrified and thought he would get his head turned into a platter for nebuchadnezzar’s cook’s amusement but even in the middle of that fear He was focussing His energy on God instead of his circumstances.
it took a lot of guts for daniel to attempt direct confrontation with king nebuchadnezzar and its a miracle of God that he proceeded.
its interesting how daniel encouraged his friends to seek God for an answer to king nebucadnezzar’s dream interpretation debacle.
we can never be more knowledgeable or powerful than God cos He contains all the wisdom of the universe and all power strength and energy finds its origins in HIm.
if we wonder why parliamentary cabinets get reshuffled or why politicians have by elections and lose their seat momentarily the simplest explanation is that God has a purpose behind every event that takes place in the history of mankind including the possibilities present within the seed of faith fuelled by experiencing HIs joy in all its brilliance.
God has more knowledge within His head than all the libraries in the world and more than all the books ever published since Egyptians started writing with papyrus or Gutenberg printed out the holy timeless word of God.
there are some things God will never reveal to us in our lifetime cos we don’t need to know them .
all we need to know is He shed HIs blood for our redemption and He wants to have a relationship with us and be the intimate lover of our souls as well as the boss of our decision making.
I want God to be God of my descendants not just my ancestors.
the subtext to daniel saying God told him what he needed to know was the sigh of relief daniel and co must have breathed knowing they weren’t dead ducks cos God intervened and gave daniel both the details of king nebuchadnezzars dream as well as its interpretation.
it was Arioch’s disobedience to the earthly king and the allegiance he showed to the king of kings that spared both daniels hide and his homies.
it took a lot of courage for daniel to beg the king for mercy .
he may have felt like the odds were stacked against him and he was gonna die anyway so he may as well have gone out in a blaze of glory and be the reason for others to source motivation to keep on going no matter what .
I love how daniel straight away takes the focus off him and puts it straight on God making sure king nebuchadnezzar knows that we have no power within ourselves and no wisdom save for that which God plants within us on the day of our new/rebirth .
I have a love hate relationship with the fact that God can reveal my secrets to people.
at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they think about me i’d just prefer to be the first to talk to others about my life rather than meeting strangers who are absolute experts on it more than the protagonist forced to endure it with each new set of twenty four hours.
we must learn from the wisdom of daniel and never think we are more intelligent than anyone else.
just because a person is illiterate it doesn’t mean they can’t communicate in an intelligent way ditto for those who never owned a television. there are better things to fill you mind with than a concise inventory of every item you ever owned from your childhood until now.
user862 posted on stackhermeneutics.com this interpretation of the meaning of the various body parts in king nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue:
it’s crazy how daniel told king nebuchadnezzar that only God could interpret dreams never humans and he still went and jumped to the worst possible false conclusion imagine-able and immediately began worshipping daniel – stealing the glory and praise for a victorious conclusion that should only ever belong to God alone.
of course we may be led to believe that king nebuchadnezzar immediately saw the error of his ways as he observes to daniel that his God is superior to all other gods.
of course we know there is no other God but God.
we don’t know whether some of the wise men were killed prior to king nebuchadnezzar’s change of heart.
its awesome that when daniel obtained his greatest moment of success he wanted to share it with his best friends so he made sure that he obtained jobs for them as well as his own God honouring self . 🙂