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Daniel 2:24-49; Daniel introduces Nebuchadnezzar to God, interprets dream

About the reading: I read this passage of Scripture around 12:30 a.m. this morning. After reading it, I thought briefly about continuing reading a few more passages of Scripture but decided instead to get some sleep. In my experience, I don’t get much from the Bible when I’m reading it while nodding off. Doing this results in reading the same sentence over and over again without comprehension. It’s about as useful to me as trying to read 10 chapters in five minutes.At this stage, I’m reading the Bible in small sips in hopes of focusing on quality instead of quantity.

So, with the second part of Daniel 2, Daniel was quite relieved to know what King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed and how to interpret it. He went before Nebuchadnezzar and made it abundantly clear, in what we’ll see as Daniel’s trademark humility, that the interpretation of the dream came from God and not from Daniel; Daniel was merely the messenger.

Daniel then proceeded to tell the king that in his dream he  (the king, not Daniel) saw a huge image: gold head, silver chest and arms, brass stomach and thighs, iron legs and feet mixed with iron and clay. Nebuchadnezzar’s the gold head and would be followed by subsequent, weaker kingdoms. Much debate has arisen regarding which kingdoms these represent, but at the end Daniel made it clear: eventually God will establish a permanent, eternal kingdom that will rule over all and will dominate these.

Nebuchadnezzar has a dream…

For a man who was in a dangerous rage earlier in this chapter, the king was now a happy man. He fell to his feet and worshipped Daniel, which, for a modest man like Daniel, must’ve been extremely awkward. Um, Your Majesty, live forever. This really isn’t necessary. However, the king’s behavior was almost to be expected considering he was a polytheistic ruler. Be that as it may, verse 47 tells us: “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth [it is], that your God [is] a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.”

The king then gave Daniel gifts and power and one of the highest rulers in the land, similar to what Joseph was in Egypt. Not too bad for a Hebrew kid.

Verse 49 tells us that Daniel requested that his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (we presume they’re referred to this now to avoid the confusion of jumping back and forth) to be in positions of leadership also. Interestingly enough, despite all that he attained, Daniel chose to sit in the gate of the king. Sounds pretty modest, doesn’t it? It is a lesson, though: being in a position of authority and power does not require an ego.

Richard Zowie blogs at several places, including three other WordPress blogs. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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