Saturday, January 10, 2015

Daniel Tells Nebuchadnezzar His Dream

By Mary Vee
Daniel 2

From Daniel's Journal

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Arioch, the commander of the king's guard escorted me down the corridor. The last time we marched through to the king's chambers my friends and I were quizzed by king Nebuchadnezzar. I shook in the king's presence, knowing his power and cruel ways.

But this time-not so much.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that frightened him. He wanted his wise men to not only interpret it for him, but also tell him what the dream was. Of course these men couldn't. They worshipped idols.

God could. 

The guards said my friends and I would be killed with the others. That's when we prayed and asked God for help. God told me the meaning of the dream and now, here I am, on my way to the king's chambers to answer his questions. I have no fear in me. None at all. God has not only given me the answer, but also a sense of calm.

Arioch stopped at the king's door and said, "I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell you what the dream meant."

King Nebuchadnezzar sat forward and rested his head on his hand. "Can you tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?"

I shook my head. "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown you what will happen in the days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these:

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"As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me not because I have a greater wisdom that other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and understand what it meant.

"Before you stood a large statue--an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 

"While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like powder. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

Come back next time to see what the dream meant.
1. Why did Daniel ask to go before the king?
2. What did Nebuchadnezzar ask Daniel?
3. What did Daniel answer?
4. What appeared in the dream?
5. What destroy most of the object?
6. Where did the rock turn into?
7. How did Daniel know what Nebuchadnezzar dreamed?

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