Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 2

Outline and Background

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Daniel 2:1-11

Nebuchadnezzar's Folly - Daniel 2:12-13

Daniel's Wisdom - Daniel 2:14-16

Daniel's Request - Daniel 2:17-18

Daniel's Vision and Praise - Daniel 2:19-23

Interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Daniel 2:24-45

The Image is Four Empires

The Everlasting Empire

Eschatology of the Mt Olivet Discourse

Christ's Kingdom

Nebuchadnezzar's Declaration - Daniel 2:46-49

Application and Typical Prophecies

Nebuchadnezzar's Folly - Daniel 2:12-13

The answer of the advisors made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon, including Daniel and his three friends. “This” at the beginning of verse 12 might refer to:

  1. The king’s disappointment in not having the dream interpreted.
  2. The king’s confirmation of his suspicions about the advisors.
  3. The king’s faith in his god Marduk being shaken.
  4. The king’s reaction to the audacity of these frauds to criticize him.

No law, no judge, no jury—the will or whim of this king governed all things. One can imagine the unsettling effect of this hasty execution on
the subjects of the kingdom. It is of no consequence to Satan that many should be killed in accomplishing his ends. Usually the decisions made when infuriated are folly. In the heat of the moment, Nebuchadnezzar would foolishly wipe out his future. He could do without the Chaldeans, but not without Daniel!

It is noteworthy that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were not among the advisors. Apparently, they had separated themselves from the pagan religious leaders of Babylon.

In a cooler state of mind, Nebuchadnezzar would have realized that his wisest advisors were not present. Fury blurs one’s ability to think clearly.

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