God verses Phonies
The last time we saw King Nebuchadnezzar, he sought out magicians and astrologers and sorcerers to tell him what his dream was. He tells them I had a dream that troubled me but when I woke up in the morning I could not remember my dream. Tell me what did I dream and what does the dream mean, and if you do not tell me I will kill you.
What did the magicians and astrologers and sorcerers tell the king ? Daniel chapter 2 verse 10 the Chaldeans answered before the king and said there is not a man upon the earth that can show the king the matter: therefore there is no king, lord, or ruler that asked such things of any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can show it before the king except the gods whose dwelling is not with flesh.
Verse12, For this cause the king was angry and very furious and commanded to destroy all of the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. So Daniel asked Arioch, captain of the kings guard, Why is the king slaying the wise men of Babylon? Arioch told Daniel why.
Then Daniel went in and desired of the king that he would give him time and that he would show the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah also known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Daniel told his friends that they should desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret: that Daniel and his friends should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Verse 19 of chapter 2 in the Book of Daniel, God Almighty reveals to Daniel king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and what it means. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel , how? in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said blessed be the name of God forever and ever for wisdom and might are his: And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings and sets kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee and praise O thou God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom and might, and has made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast made known unto us the king’s matter.
Daniel went in unto Arioch and said to him bring me before the king and I will show it to the king the interpretation. Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said I have found a man of the captives of Judah that will make known unto the king the interpretation. And the king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar in the Babylonian tongue, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I had seen and the interpretation thereof?
Daniel answered in the presence of the king and said cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king ?
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these:
We will pick this up next time.
Chaldeans from Iran, Iraq, Syria and modern day Turkey area.