Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful, mighty king, and whatever he dreamed of shook him to the core. We’ll hear specifics of the dream in tomorrow’s reading, but today we see the actions of a man driven by pride and fear. The king knew that his dream did not seem good for his future if it was a prophecy of what was to come, and he was determined to find out the interpretation of the imagery in his dream where he made murderous threats toward those who couldn’t or wouldn’t interpret it correctly for him. Imagine being put in such a situation, trying to meet such demands that are out of your control. But it wasn’t outside of God’s control. Although the Chaldeans believed and answered, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand,” which is partly right without a sovereign, miracle working, prophetic God who provided such a person in Daniel.
One important application out of this passage is recognizing what God can do that man cannot. There may be impossible things on this earth, along with impossible requests that we can’t do within our own human power, but God can do or reveal within His. Nebuchadnezzar is not going to like what he is going to hear tomorrow but it doesn’t hold us back from speaking the truth God reveals, and it’s amazing how God uses such truth as well.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor