by Christina Farris
1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. Know one can tell another person a dream they had, that is a dream that one had when they were asleep. The other night I had dream, and when I woke I wonder if it had meaning, and I knew not the meaning of the dream or if it had meaning. Then I shook off the dream and said perhaps not. The next day the dream seem to be about the need for extra rest I had needed of late. and as I woke up from a second night of rest, I realizing I finally got that extra rest, I was in need of receiving. However for it to come in form of a dream, I thought that is really strange. I am not one that goes around trying to interpret dreams, Do I believe dreams can have a significance to a person, of course I do, but I am leary of saying a dream ever has meaning. Yet there are people in our world that in truth puts a lot of value in the interpretation of their dream.
The King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and it trouble him to the point he called all his magicians and sorcers to him and ask them to not only interpret the dream but to tell what the dream was. The magicians stood up to the king and said no one can tell you what your dream was, tell us so we an interpret it. King was furious with their response to the point he order them killed, but Daniel on hearing about the king dream and desire to know it and to be told what was went to see the king. No man can tell someone a dream, but he knew the God that sought the king and seen the king's heart. Daniel's God would interpretate the dream and Daniel would be able to tell him the dream.
I don't know about you, but if I had someone say they would tell me a dream I had that I had not written down or recorded then I would have to add this would greatly disturb me. Yet King Nebuchadnezzar was the one seeking and not me. Nebuchadnezzar was seeking truth, without understanding he was seeking God. He went to the magicians who had no real power, but the power of deception and magic. The astrolgers only really understood the stars and what they thought might happen. They knew nothing of the kings heart, soul or mind or who to seek that knew the depth of the king's being. Daniel knew God and knew God would provide the answer.
Daniel had faith, not necessarily wisdom in this case. When one has faith in God you do not have to be wise in your own thinking only wise enough to trust God and what he will speak. It takes faith to speak by the Holy Spirit. It takes greater faith to obey God not always knowing the outcome. Yet Daniel was in position to solve the king's mystery of his dream. He knew His God was able to do more then he asked. He did pray for interpretation and even slept on it before going to the king. Nothing wrong with taking time to pray and seek God before answering someone. Daniel wisdom to seek God in the matter in hopes of a night vision of what the king saw would come to be in his own mind, so he could also receive the interpretation from God.
I think wisdom came with prayer and prayers of his three friends. When we seek God and seek for answer God's provision might come in form of understanding through dreams, visions and the spoken word of God alone. However God chooses to speak to us, we have to be incline to listen. Are you willing to take up cross and obey God and stand in your faith despite others inability because they do not believe in your God. Jesus has been real to me for a long time, and understanding that we can ask and go to God anytime in prayer and know he will help us, because of the promise the Holy Spirit for the believer, who enables the believer to do the impossible things.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to ask and seek you for the solution to the problems around us. Knowing you are more then able to solve the problem. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Luke 11:9-10 KJV