Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Daniel and the Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel 2:16-20
So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.

The Obscure Biblical Character is... King Nebuchadnezzar!

Nebu had a dream and he wanted to know what the meaning of it was. So he asked the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to explain the dream to them. They heard the dream, and told Nebu that nobody except the gods could explain this dream.

Well, Nebu got angry, so he had all the wise men in Babylon killed. The men went to kill Daniel and his friends, but Daniel asked the captain of the king's guard what was going on, and the captain told him all about the dream. (all of this is in the first part of chapter 2)

So Daniel asks for a bit of time, and then he and his friends ask God if He will help them. He does, and Nebu doesn't kill them, because they helped him.

Why is this such a big deal? Glance through the book of Daniel for a second or two. This is Daniel whose friends were in the fiery furnace, Daniel of the Lion's Den, Daniel the prophet. He worked for God's glory, and this was no exception (verse 20-23).

God kept Daniel alive for a reason: it was for His glory.

So the Obscure Biblical Character for the next two weeks is:
-a governor in the New Testament
-tried to use Paul for money
-left Paul in prison to make the Jews happy

We're talking about Paul, so we're in the book of Acts.

In His Service,

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