“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. – Daniel 2:31-35
Details! I get lost in them. I don’t really hate details, but I do not like them. I realize that they are necessary. But I’m a big picture person. I find a sufficient number of details and extrapolate from there. That’s just my intuitive nature. So I could never be a Daniel in the manner in which he shows the details of the kings’ dreams.
But there he is: detailing the intricacies of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. “Legs of iron, feet of iron and clay, chest and arms of silver…” These don’t sound like a scamming person trying to pull something over on a gullible simpleton. Daniel tells the king his dream, witnessing to the fact that the God of heaven had revealed this to him.
I wonder if these images were frightening to the king. I wonder if he had recalled all of them as Daniel was recounting them. I wonder if this struck the king with even more fear: How can this guy do this? What secrets can I now have?
One place where details are vitally important – even to me – is in the Bible. Memorizing specific words from specific books, chapters and verses of the Bible brings great blessing. We may not be given the revelation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, but we do have the blessings of God’s word in the Bible. What treasures they are!