Daniel 2:24-49 – January 4

Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.

Daniel 2:24-49 – Daniel Interprets the Dream

24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”
25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”
26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”
27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:
29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.
31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 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. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
36 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. 37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, 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. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. 49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.

A Gift From God | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Daniel 2:28-29

Observation

God gave Daniel the gift to interpret the king’s dream, what the image stood for. My Bible notes that God reveals secrets to a powerful pagan king about the future. Daniel said Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold, telling the king it was God and nothing else that made the Babylonian Empire so great. It lasted around 605-539 B.C. Most conservative scholars agree on the identification of the kingdoms succeeding Babylon. The kingdom following Nebuchadnezzar, The Medoc Persian empire – lasted more than two centuries (539-331B.C.)
‘A third kingdom of bronze’ described as ruling over all the earth represents Greece led by Alexander the Great, who invaded Persia in 332B.C. Greek domination lasted nearly two centuries  (331-146 B.C) ‘The kingdom as Strong as iron’ represents the Roman Republic  (509-27 B.C) which crushed, shattered, and smashed all opposition. Some view this kingdom as the entire period of Roman domination under both the Republican and imperial rule. The symbolism of the stone seems to be an interpretive key to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The stone caused the successive empires to be obliterated. If a messianic interpretation is correct, the stone may portray the complete victory of Christ over all known and “future” earthly powers.

Application

God gave Daniel a gift that got him in a very high position; he was in a place to influence the king and a lot of people. I believe God gives us all gifts differently to tell others about Him. Some He puts in positions of power while others to influence just a few people at a time. While I was thinking of some goals to set for the new year, I really need to start right where I am with my family and what I can do to influence them to know God better.

Prayer

Thank You, dear Lord, for a brand new year, for new hopes. Thank You for the time of looking back over the last year, thinking of so many memories. Looking forward to new opportunities to tell others about You, not just by words but by my actions.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. Verse 29. King Nebuchadnezzar had a lot going on, reigning over several nations and peoples and trying to keep up with pleasing all the gods on his list. I’d consider him busy. Isn’t it funny that the only way God could get him to listen was to talk to him while he’s sleeping? And still, Daniel had to be there to point the king in the direction of God. This is a great reminder in my life to make sure I’m being still — while I’m awake — so I can listen to and obey You.

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