The book of Daniel is one of my favorites in the Old Testament. With that in mind, I can’t help but write two posts today on what I’ve read. There is just too much story to fit into one post.
Part 1 deals with Nebuchadnezzar and his dream. If you know the story, king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a dream that troubles him greatly. Because of this, he asks the wise men of the land to interpret the dream with one provision: they will need to tell him the dream and the interpretation. He was protecting himself against hearing what the wise men thought he wanted to hear.
Obviously, none of the wise men could tell him the dream so he had them all “destroyed” (Daniel 2:12). But as the guards were taking away Daniel and his friends, who were also wise men, Daniel requested to see the king that he might interpret the dream.
He did successfully and here is the dream:
“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, kits legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel then interprets the dream as a vision of the kingdoms that will follow Babylon. Babylon in the head of gold and the rest of the body represent different subsequent kingdoms, with Rome at the bottom. BUt here is what Daniel says about the stone:
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and cit shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.
God has established this kingdom, and it is growing. It is a kingdom full of priests (Revelation 1:6) that is sent to make disciples of all nations and all peoples (Matthew 28:18-20). It is a kingdom that is not of this world (John 18:36), but it is a kingdom that we long to see come down to earth (Matthew 6:10). This kingdom has a King and His name is Jesus. He is seated above every power in heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:20-23). And before this King, every knee will bow and every tongue will pay allegiance (Philippians 2:9-11).