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

Daniel's Request - Daniel 2:17-18

The advisors claimed powers to reveal secrets and make known divine revelations, but in a crisis, they could not produce. Daniel’s secret to success is revealed in this crisis—prayer! His concern was not for the wise men of Babylon, but for three friends and himself. At Daniel’s urging, the four friends pleaded for God’s mercy concerning this mystery. Prayer meetings are especially effective when urgent and earnest pleas come from the righteous.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16).

Daniel knew the supreme importance of praying with other believers as did the early church (Acts 4:23-31). It is obvious from Daniel’s episode that prayer is indispensable in knowing and understanding spiritual truth. The secrets of God are not revealed to those who do not know Him or pray to Him. It behooves every believer to cultivate a prayer life based on God’s many promises.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).

Truly, “He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.” Wisdom is a reflection of everlasting light. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. There is nothing so hidden or mysterious that it is inaccessible to God (cf. Psalm 139). God is willing and able to reveal wisdom to the wise. Nebuchadnezzar and his advisors lacked wisdom; one must have spiritual insight to understand God’s revelations according to 1 Corinthians 2:14:

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

As you continue to read, observe several amazing things that occur between 2:18-2:30:

In 2:18 Daniel and his friends prayed for themselves.
In 2:24 God expanded Daniel’s heart to include concern for others—enemies.

In 2:30 Nebuchadnezzar was the target of God’s mercy and compassion—His love. Since God reveals His plans to His friends, the presupposition is that Yahweh wanted Nebuchadnezzar as a friend (cf. Genesis 18:18-19; John 15:15).

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