Daniel: A Dream to Remember

Have you ever told yourself to dream big? In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a history of the world spanning 2,500 years! He couldn’t remember the dream, so he summoned his wise men. A wily conversation ensued. The king decreed death because no one could remember his dream!

Enter Daniel—a Hebrew captive from Jerusalem loved of God. When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill Daniel, Daniel “went at once to see the king” and asked for time to pray for understanding. With his prayer partners, he spent the night claiming promises such as:

“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7 NIV)

Various metals in the statue of the king’s dream represented ruling nations. A head of gold represented Babylon. But the oft-repeated phrase “O king, live forever” wasn’t truth! Babylon would be conquered by Medo-Persia—silver. Greece—bronze—would rule next, then Rome—iron.

Daniel 2

“There is a God in Heaven . . .” sketch:9:15:2013.

Rome crumbled into a mixture of iron and clay—ten nations. Many rulers have stumbled over the phrase “they shall not cleave one to another” in verse 43. The stone crushing the statue represented Christ’s second coming, when Christ sets up a kingdom that will never be destroyed—standing forever.

After listening to Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar expressed belief in God as the “Lord of kings, a revealer of mysteries.” But his insecurity as ruler showed as he made a statue of solid gold for worship in Daniel 3. In later years, serving another king, wise men, perhaps some still lingering from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, turned to trickery to get rid of the one who had saved their lives.

In contrast, Daniel remained true to the God he first knew in Jerusalem. When God revealed the dream’s meaning, Daniel thanked and praised the God of Heaven for sharing “what lies hidden in darkness.” He then asked Arioch for a “stay of execution” for the other wise men—including his enemies! Daniel continued to give God the glory as he revealed the king’s forgotten dream. He shared the king’s blessings with his prayer partners. And perhaps most importantly, he placed his hope in the truth and certainty of God’s word.

Under His Wings/color

Under His Wings/color.

This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of a Metal Man, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Under His wings.

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