BOOK OF DANIEL- The Return of the Motley Crew

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The Return of the Motley Crew.

Nebuchadnezzar appears to have forgotten whom he could trust to find out about this dream that had terrified him so much. Given the fact that the first dream caused him to lose his sleep and this second one put fear into him, it is hard to understand at first why he summoned the same ones who had failed to interpret the first dream. He tells us in Daniel 4:6-7, “So I gave orders to bring into my presence all the wise men of Babylon, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans and the diviners came in and I related the dream to them, but they could not make its interpretation known to me.” (NASB) Here, Nebuchadnezzar relayed to those whom he had summoned into his court with the same result. Again, they were unable to make known the interpretation to the king.

Why on earth did Nebuchadnezzar choose these foolish unregenerate ones a second time? Due to his agitated state could he have frantically called them without remembering their previous failures? There are a couple of reasons that we could suggest why Nebuchadnezzar acted this way.

First, we should recognize that, despite our own thoughts, summoning such leaders in such a pagan community was the norm. Clearly, by means of the falsehood of their real master, Satan, they had performed spectacles in the past by their magic and conjuring tricks. They were experts in astrology which is meant by the word diviners. That is no different to what we see today in the plethora of avenues of those who claim to read a person’s horoscope. In Exodus 7:8-11 we have the well-known story of Pharaoh ordering Moses to perform a miracle to prove himself to him. Little did Pharaoh know he was simply carrying out God’s orders to Moses. The passage tells us, “Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts.” (ESV) By secret arts, we should view this as referring to the secret ways in which they could fool a person. Magic tricks many of us have seen are generally done by the sleight of hand. Such secrets or tricks are kept secret by various magician circles who insist that such tricks are kept secret. The British Organization known as the Magic Circle has a motto in Latin, namely, indocilis privata loqui. Roughly translated it means “not apt to disclose secrets”. A more literal meaning is “incapable of speaking of private things”. Failure to maintain such rules can result in being removed from membership.

Whether God actually allowed Pharaoh’s magicians to turn their rods into snakes we are not told. If He did, then no doubt they would have been dumbstruck wondering how they had achieved it. In any event, no such thing occurred in Nebuchadnezzar’s case and here is the point of our study as to why that was the case.

Both dreams had been given to Nebuchadnezzar by God. No one could interpret them but the Almighty Himself. Daniel was the instrument of the first interpretation by God revealing the contents and the meaning of the dream. And Daniel, as we will see, would be the same person to interpret this second dream. But where was he? We will answer that more in our next discussion. Suffice it to say when we read verse eight we are told that Daniel finally entered the court. Either he was late or there was a reason why he arrived after all the supposed experts of the king had failed once more.