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Nebuchanezzar’s Dream • Based on Daniel 2.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of mighty Babylon, had dreams; he was so upset he could not sleep. So he summoned his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what the dreams meant. He said, “First, tell me what I dreamed. Then tell me what it means. If you can’t, I will have you cut to pieces and your houses turned into rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it, I will grant you gifts, rewards and honor.”
“That’s impossible,” they cried. “No one can tell you what your dream was!” This made the king so furious that he ordered all the wise men of Babylon to be killed.
When Daniel heard about this, he asked the king for time. Then Daniel explained the situation to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urged them to pray. That night God revealed the dream to Daniel in a vision. Daniel praised God: “Praise the name of God forever! Wisdom and power are His.”
When the king ordered Daniel to explain the dream, Daniel told him in no uncertain terms, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner could ever explain to the king the mystery of his dreams, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.
“In your dream you saw an enormous, shining statue of a man. The head was 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. Then a rock struck the statue on its feet. Everything was broken to pieces. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole world.
“This is what the dream means. God has given you power and glory. You are the head of gold.”
Daniel explained that the rest of the statue represented rulers and kingdoms that were about to follow Nebuchadnezzar. History teaches us that the silver chest and arms were the country that conquered Babylon: Medio-Persia. The bronze belly was Greece and a man named Alexander the Great who used bronze weapons to defeat his enemies. The iron legs represented Rome, which used stronger iron weapons to defeat the bronze. And the rock that grew to a mountain is Christ and Christianity!
Nebuchadnezzar fell face down before Daniel. He said, “Surely Your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings!”
Then the king lavished many gifts on Daniel, making him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and in charge of all its wise men. The king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.
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