THE DAILY BLOG ON THE BOOK OF DANIEL – MAY 15, 2020

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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, 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 and its interpretation.

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] have not been authored by him but by God alone. In our verse under discussion, Daniel is pressing home the fact that the dream was simply a vehicle God used in divine revelation in this instance to Nebuchadnezzar. As we have already noted, in His Providence, God had selected Nebuchadnezzar as the recipient of this revelation and Daniel as its interpreter.

We have mentioned previously why God chose Nebuchadnezzar to receive the dream and its interpretation. Can we glean any additional reasons why this was so?

Let us look at this king again. 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 specifically 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 that no one can match or usurp. His will and purpose supersedes any and all plans man thinks they have. Nebuchadnezzar had no choice in the matter. He was merely a player in the process. The revelation did involve Nebuchadnezzar as the leader of one of the world powers that would be revealed in the dream. Not to get ahead of ourselves but later in the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar would also experience being humbled by God in recognizing God was all powerful. Other than these events, much of the dream and its interpretation never impacted Nebuchadnezzar. That, in and of itself, tells us the message 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.

We could also ask why God did not use an angel as the messenger of the interpretation. As we know, Nebuchadnezzar worshipped false gods, in particular, the god Marduk. Had an angel been sent by God he may have reasoned his false god had provided the dream and its interpretation. By using Daniel, a Jew, as His messenger God 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 some things yet to take place during the king’s lifetime but, moreover, far more after his death. The future portion of this interpretation may also not occur during our own lifetime, but it will be fulfilled at a day and time of God’s choosing.

If you never considered you would live in a time where part of God’s prophecies are or will be fulfilled, you do now.

 

Bible quotations are taken from the following versions of the Bible.

New American Standard Bible (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

 

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