This chapter illustrates the fact that symbolic imagery
carries a significant amount of information in apocalyptic
prophecy. Daniel understood the basic meaning of
Nebuchadnezzarís dream, which God revealed to him. However,
Yahweh did not explain the prophetic details of the image seen
in the dream.
Today, most of the precise details of
this image are understood since they have been literally
fulfilled. On the one hand, we cannot expect to understand
beforehand all details of unfulfilled apocalyptic imagery. In
the upcoming portions of Daniel as well as the book of
Revelation, there are many details yet to be fulfilled. On the
other hand, God has revealed, since the time of Daniel,
significant information about what the future holds.
Sound exegesis and hermeneutics, which rightly divide the Word
of God, along with prayer and the Spiritís illumination, will
yield an abundance of understanding.
Daniel and his
friends prayed together in the midst of crisis. The power of
praying with other Christians in order to gain knowledge,
understanding and wisdom from above cannot be overstated. The
world offers many solutions to lifeís problems, but God has
God placed Daniel in the court of
Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful monarch of history, to be a
testimony and witness of His existence and power. The LORD
uses those of His people who are faithful and prepared to give
an answer. How might God use you?
On the surface, it
seems strange that God would reveal the future to an ungodly,
Gentile king, until one realizes that Gentiles are the main
players and recipients of Godís favor and graciousness during
this present age. In chapter three, the portraiture of
Nebuchadnezzar foreshadows Gentiles who turn to God while Jews
Danielís attitude and actions in the first
two chapters sublimely illustrate the sageís advice.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will
make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes;
the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to
your body and nourishment to your bones (Proverbs 3:5-8).
Dare to be a Daniel!