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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Daniel Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Daniel
Date Penned: BC 536 (Covering Events BC 605-536)
Overview: Daniel's Life (c 1-6)
Theme: Daniel is Counselor to King Nebuchadnezzar (c 1-6)
Message: Daniel becomes the King's Counselor (v 1-21) 

Daniel: Chapter 2 Commentary

 (2:1-11) Dreams were considered messages from the gods, and the wise men were expected to interpret them. Usually they could give a sort of interpretation as long as they knew what the dream was about. This time Nebuchadnear demanded to be told the dream because he could not remember it. God sent a series of dreams to Nebuchadnezzar with prophetic messages which could be revealed and understood only by a servant of God. 


(2:10) The Chaldeans told the king that "not a man upon the earth" could know the dreams of another person. But Daniel was that man. He could not only tell the king what he had dreamed, he could also give the interpretation because God was working through him. In daily life, we face many apparently impossible situations that would be hopeless if we had to handle them with our limited human strength alone. But God Specializes in the impossible.

(2:11) The Chaldeans said that the gods were not there to help their "dwelling is not with flesh". Of course they weren't  as they didn't exist! This exposed the limitations of the astrologers and wise men. They could invent interpretations of dreams, but they could not tell Nebuchadnear what he had dreamed. Although his request was unreasonable, Nebuchadnear was furious when his advisers couldn't fulfill it. He was probably already suspicious of them because of his previous experience with them. It was typical of the times for astrologers to be in conflict with the king. They sometimes used their craft to gain power.

(2:16-18) Daniel was at a crisis point. Imagine going to see the powerful, temperamental king who had just angrily ordered your death! Daniel did not shrink back in fear but confidently believed God would tell him all the king wanted to know. When the king gave Daniel time to find the answer, Daniedl found his three friends and they prayed. Prayer is more effective than panic. Panic confirms your hopelessness while prayer confirms your hope in God. Daniel's trust in God saved himself and his 3 friends plus all the other wise men.

(2:19-23) After Daniel asked God to reveal Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him, he saw a vision of the dream. His prayer was answered. Before rushing to Aric=och with the news, Daniel took time to give God credit for all wisdom and power, thanking him for answering his request. How do you feel when your prayers are answered? Excited, Surprised, Relieved? THere are times when we seek God in prayer and, after having been answered, dash off in our excitement, forgetting to give God credit for the answer. Match your persistence in prayer with gratitude when your requests are answered. 

(2:21) When we see evil leaders who live long and good leaders who die young, we may wonder if God controls world events. Daniel saw evil rulers with almost limitless power, but he knew and proclaimed that God controls everything that happens. The world is moving according to God's Purposes and toward his specified ends. Let this knowledge give you confidence and peace no matter what happens. 

(2:27-30) Before Daniel told the king anything else he gave credit to God. He explained that he did not know the dream through his own wisdom but only because God revealed it. How easily we take credit for what God does through us. This robs God of the honor that he alone deserves.

(2:31) The head of gold on the image in the dream represents Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Baylonian Empire. The silver chest and two arms represent the Medo-Persian Empire, which conquered Babylon in 539 BC. The belly and thighs of bronze were Greece and Macedonia under Alexander the Great, who conquered the Medo-Persian Empire in 334-330 BC. The legs of iron represented Rome, which conquered the Greeks in 63 BC. The feet and toes of clay and iron represented the breakup of the Roman Empire, when the territory Rome ruled divided into a mixture of strong and weak nations. The type of metal in each part depicted the strength of the political power it represented. The Rock cut from the mountain depicted God's Kingdom which would be ruled eternally by the Messiah, the King of kings. Daniel revealed his God as the power behind all earthly kingdoms.

(2:47) Nebuchadnezzar honored Daniel and Daniel's God. If Daniel had taken the credit himself, the king would have honored only Daniel. Because Daniel gave God the credit, the king honored both of them. Part of our mission in this world is to show nonbelievers what God is like. We can do this by acts of love and compassion, and if we give God credit for our actions. they will want to know more about him. Give thanks to God for what he is doing in and through you. 

(2:49) After being named ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief over the wise men, Daniel requested that his companions, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, be appointed his assistants. Daniel knew he could not handle such an enormous responsibility without capable assistants, so he chose the best men he knew, his three Hebrew companions. 

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application


Answered Prayers

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Daniel with Chapter 2. In our text today we see how God allows Daniel to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar's dreams. In making application we see how the Lord will guide us through stressful times as He Answers our prayers. Today we will face many challenges but our Lord is there to answer your prayers. How about you? Do you see that the Lord is there, answering our prayers in stressful times? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Daniel to see that the Lord is there and that He does answer prayers when we face difficult circumstances and situations.

 

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Daniel 2

Daniel 2

 1And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

 2Then 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.

 3And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

 4Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.

 5The 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.

 6But 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.

 7They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.

 8The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

 9But 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.

 10The 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.

 11And 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.

 12For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

 13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

 14Then 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:

 15He 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.

 16Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

 17Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

 18That 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.

 19Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

 20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

 21And 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:

 22He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

 23I 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.

 24Therefore 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.

 25Then 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.

 26The 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?

 27Daniel 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;

 28But 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;

 29As 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.

 30But 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.

 31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

 32This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

 33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

 34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

 35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

 36This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

 37Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

 38And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

 39And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

 40And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

 41And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

 42And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

 43And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

 44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

 45Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

 46Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

 47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

 48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.

 49Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.