BOOK OF DANIEL – Daniel’s Humility

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Daniel’s Humility

Daniel informs Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2:30, “But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.” (NASB) Daniel’s comments here are by way of introducing the interpretation to the king. More importantly, Daniel makes it clear that he is not the one who could reveal the dream nor its interpretation. He states he has not been given the means of the dream or its interpretation due to any wisdom he may have. In so doing this, Daniel again is humbly giving full reverence to God as the author and interpreter of the dream. Daniel is basically saying that he is merely the messenger of the dream. One thing we must remember is that both Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel are merely the characters of the scene before us. A simple illustration could be when we watch a movie. The actors are the characters that “act out” the contents of the film. Their role is crucial for our understanding of the film. Many films are based on a book by an author that is turned into a screenplay [the script] that becomes the finished article [a film release]. In a similar way, as we read the book of Daniel we are watching the film in our mind’s eye. We will see many actors in the film and right now our focus is on Daniel standing before Nebuchadnezzar telling him that the knowledge and the interpretation of the dream [the script] don’t belong to him. Rather, it has been provided to him by God [the author]. In our verse under discussion, Daniel is pressing home the fact that the dream was simply a vehicle God had used in divine revelation in this instance to Nebuchadnezzar. In His providence, God had selected Nebuchadnezzar as the recipient of this revelation and Daniel as its interpreter.

We could ask why God chose Nebuchadnezzar as the receiver of such a revelation. Equally, we could also ask why God didn’t use an angel as the messenger of the interpretation. As to the first question, let us review what we know of this king. He is certainly known as the greatest king of Babylon who succeeded his father Nabopolassar. It was his father who had liberated Babylonia from the Assyrians, which created a stable base for Nebuchadnezzar to grow from. His marriage to Amytis of Media [who was either the daughter or granddaughter of Cyaxerxes, the king of the Medes] secured a strong alliance with the Medes. In his inaugural address to the god Marduk, he claimed he had built a house that would endure forever. His defeat of the Egyptians, the Assyrians, together with subduing Palestine and the region of Syria, consolidated his power. He controlled all the trade routes across Mesopotamia from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. For reasons only known to God, He chose Nebuchadnezzar as the one to receive knowledge of future events. This shows that no matter how powerful a person may think they are they are still under the commands and direction of God. Seen as being the most powerful man on earth at the time of his dream, it shows the almighty power of God and that it is He who is of the utmost power. Nebuchadnezzar had no choice in the matter. He was merely a player in the process. The revelation, in many ways, never impacted Nebuchadnezzar but lays out God’s plans and purposes. It is He alone who controls man’s entire history. Sinful, fallen men think they are rightful rulers of their countries and the earth. Yet, they are mere spectators in the process and have no control over what God will accomplish. The above explanation naturally answers the second question. Nebuchadnezzar worshipped false gods, in particular, the god Marduk. Had an angel been sent by God he may have reasoned this false god had provided the dream and its interpretation. By God using Daniel, a Jew, as His messenger He was revealing His favor not only on Daniel but, more importantly, showing Nebuchadnezzar that He was the true God of the universe. What was about to be revealed to Nebuchadnezzar would be prophecies of things yet to take place during the king’s lifetime but, moreover, much more after his death and perhaps beyond our own lifetime.

 

Yes. If you had not realized it so far, you and I appear in these prophecies also during our own lifetimes.