Daniel Interprets the King's Dream - Part One
Last week we talked about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednegos education in Nebuchadnezzars palace. The Babylonians were famous for
their wisdom, but their truth was mixed with wild superstitions. For example,
they knew a lot about the heavens but thought the stars and planets showed what
would happen in peoples lives. They experimented with herbs for medicine (and
even operated on people) yet chanted mysterious sounds over sick people to drive
out evil spirits. They knew a lot about animals, at the same time claiming to
read organs such as pigs livers to learn the will of the gods. They also
offered weird sacrifices to their idols and tried to interpret dreams. Imagine
these foolish pagans trying to brainwash the fine teenagers from Judah with
Of course, Daniel and his three friends never lost their faith in the true God.
Nebuchadnezzar thought they were becoming wise men like his Chaldeans,
magicians, sorcerers, and astrologers, but he later learned he was wrong.
One night Nebuchadnezzar had an alarming dream, a dream that troubled him so
much he woke up and could not go back to sleep. Calling his wise men to him, he
threatened to kill them if they did not tell him his dream and what it meant. Of
course the wise men did not know what the king had dreamed! O king, live
forever! they said. Tell your servants the dream and we will give you the
interpretation! But the king did not tell them the dream.
Instead he said, If you do not make known the dream to me, and its
interpretation, then you shall be cut in pieces and your houses made an ash
heap. However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive
from me gifts, rewards and great honor.
The wise men begged the king to first tell them his dream, then let them
interpret it. But Nebuchadnezzar would not, accusing them of stalling for more
time. (We do not know whether he had forgotten the dream or not. He may have
forgotten it and was depending on their so called wisdom to recall it for him.
On the other hand, perhaps he had NOT forgotten it and was testing their claims
to know secret things. If they could tell his dream correctly, then he probably
thought he could depend on their interpretation to be true.)
The frantic wise men protested the king was asking for something impossible,
saying, There is not a man on earth who can tell the kings matter. Therefore,
no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such a thing of any magician
the king furious and he gave orders to have them all destroyed. So Arioch,
captain of the guard, instructed his soldiers to begin killing the wise men.
Soon they were looking for Daniel and his friends to kill them, too. But Daniel
had trusted God in this strange land and God would help him now. After asking
the king for more time, he went home to pray with his three friends for the
God showed Daniel the secret of the dream in a night vision. How thankful Daniel
was! Gratefully, the brave young man blessed the Lord for His wonderful wisdom
and power. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me
wisdom and might and now have made known to me what was asked of you, for You
have made known to us the kings demand, he prayed.
Then he went to Arioch and said, Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon. Take
me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.
X-tra Information - - Archaeologists have found a
Babylonian astrologers tablet with the following written on it: Last
night Saturn drew near to the moon. Saturn is the star of the sun. This is
the interpretation: it is lucky for the king. The sun is the kings star.
Talking it Over:
1. Knowing about the false religion of the Babylonians shows us how far people
get away from God when they do not trust in His word. Talk about people who use
horoscopes today and those who claim to drive out evil spirits. You can probably
see a horoscope in your newspaper.
2. Talk about how so called wise scientists today try to brainwash people with
their ideas about our world.
3. Talk about Daniel taking his problems to the Lord. What can we learn from
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light
dwells with Him. Dan 2:22
What do we mean when we say only God is Omni-scient?
Text by Betty Belue Haynes, originally published in Bible Talk Times.
Used here with the kind permission of the author. Users are free to reproduce
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