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 Wisdom - Daniel 2:14-16

 In contrast to the king, Daniel acted with wisdom and tact when he learned of the King’s decree. Innocent of any crime and confronted with death, there is no panic, no despair, no frustration, but instead, the wisest words in response to Arioch, the commander of the king's guard. Held in high esteem by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel was granted an audience and he asked for time to do exactly what the king had requested. His calmness rubbed off on Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel admitted that he did not presently have the answer, but it would be forthcoming. He had no information about the dream and he had never experienced this kind of miraculous contact with God—all Daniel had was faith and hope. In the midst of crisis, one should recognize the following basic promises of Scripture:

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The LORD works out everything for his own ends— even the wicked for a day of disaster (Proverbs 16:3-4).

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

God had perfectly prepared the stage of history as well as Daniel for this moment. Daniel knew that all things are possible with God. Yahweh had tested Daniel, but he, in turn, had tested God. It was apparent that God was with him; he already had experienced what David urged: “Taste
and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

Deep down Daniel must have realized that God had a plan and a purpose for his life as He does for every believer.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

The dream would be revealed to him; he would reveal and interpret God’s most significant revelations about the future.

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