Read Daniel 2:24-30
The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. – Daniel 2:26-28
The king is troubled. He desperately wants to know the meaning of the troubling dream he has had. No one is able to tell him the dream and its meaning. Daniel now stands before him declaring that he knows the dream and its meaning.
Some have speculated that King Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten the dream, and was so anxious to know it and its meaning that he demanded his enchanters and magicians to tell him the dream and its meaning. The terror and threat that he imposed on his formerly-trusted advisors and seers would lend credence to the fact either that he had forgotten it, but knew it was troubling, or that it was so troubling that he wanted confirmation that the dream was actually given to offer him knowledge and insight as to the future.
In any case, Daniel, now bolstered by his prayers, his prayer partners, and God’s favor in revealing the dream and its meaning stands before the king. He announces that he has the dream and its meaning. The king can hardly wait: “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” I can sense the anxiety and anticipation in his words.
Daniel’s answer, however, reveals something more important about Daniel, dreams, and God himself. Daniel is a humble servant. He is not ready to take credit for his knowledge and interpretation. Dreams – at least in this case – reveal things. Consider Joel’s prophecy:
“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions. – Joel 2:28
Recall Joseph’s dream instructing him to take Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:20-21). The dream ofNebuchadnezzar means something, and he is about to find out what it means…through Daniel. Better yet, through God by means of Daniel.
We also learn that there is a God in heaven who knows all things and reveals them at his pleasure for his purposes. In this case it will be to preserve a faithful remnant and to testify to this pagan king that this God knows all things, and has all power, and has put his hand of favor on Daniel.
God has put his hand of favor on us as well through our Lord Jesus Christ. For the God in heaven came into this world to redeem and save us. Thanks be to God, the God of heaven, the God in heaven who is also with his people!