Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Daniel Interprets the Impossible Dream

By Mary Vee
Daniel 2

From Daniel's Journal

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I told king Nebuchadnezzar his dream and it pleased him. He didn't even stop me from speaking.

The men who crowded the room sat with wide eyes, listening to what I said. No wonder Nebuchadnezzar had been frightened by such a dream.

All I did was repeat what God showed me. God is the one who should receive all the glory, I made sure to tell the king this because there was one point the king's wise men had absolutely correct. No mere man could tell another what they dreamed. The person may guess, use information we give, but on his or her own, no person could tell another what they dreamed.

Since the king didn't stop me, I kept talking.

"And now the interpretation. You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you this power. In your hands, he has given mankind, animals of the field, and birds of the air. Where they live, he has made you ruler over all of them. You are the head of the statue you saw in your dream.

"After your reign, though, another kingdom will rise up. One that is not as strong as yours. Next, a third kingdom, one shown by the bronze in your dream, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom. One strong as iron--for iron breaks and smashes everything--and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.

"Just as you saw in your dream that the feet and toes were made of baked clay and iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. It will have some of the strength of iron and also be weak like brittle. The people will be a mixture and will not unite any more than iron will mix with clay.

"In the time of those kings I just mentioned, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. It won't be left to another people. It will crush all the other kingdoms and bring them to an end. It will endure forever. This is the meaning of the rock cut out of a mountain--not by human hands--a rock that will break iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold to pieces."

I bowed before the king and took a deep breath. "The great God of heaven has shown you, O king, what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation given to you, by God, is trustworthy." 

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King Nebuchadnezzar leaped from his chair and fell on the floor, laying flat before me. "Bring an offering and incense to Daniel, at once." He stood and said to me, "Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to tell and explain to me this mystery."

Nebuchadnezzar gave me a high position and many gifts. He made me ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed me in charge of all of his wise men. 

Not only did God answer the prayers of my friends and I to spare our lives, He honored us by giving us jobs of great importance.

1. How did Daniel know what the dream meant?
2. Who had the dream?
3. What did the gold head represent?
4. What did the next pieces mean?
5. What did the rock stand for?
6. What would the rock do?
7. Could the rock be destroyed?
8. What did Nebuchadnezzar do for Daniel? Why?

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