2006-08-27 - Daniel
The first part is going to be a history lesson. The second will be prophetic, dealing with the heavenly kingdom and the balance of the chapter.
Introduction: It's been a tough time in Babylon. The king has been having bad nights. He's been having dreams which have disturbed him significantly. And when the king is disturbed, so is everyone else. He sent for his wise men, and just to make life tough on them, he wouldn't settle for just an interpretation. He also wanted them to describe the dream. That way, he wouldn't have to worry about being lied to. Well this was just too much. There is no way one can tell someone his dreams without supernatural intervention.
This wasn't gong to cut it with Nebuchadnezzar, and so all the wise men suddenly found themselves under a death sentence. This included Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. But before the death sentences were carried, out Daniel asked for a hold while he went to God to find out the content and the explanation of the dream. And praise the Lord, he was given time to pray and praise, and he did get the information he needed. Which brings us to the meeting between Daniel and the king.
Verses 24-25: It is clear at the point, that the executions haven't begun. Daniel, having received the information from God, proceeds to the king. He asks Arioch, who we noted last time may have been the king's executioner, not to doing any killing until he, Daniel, could talk to Nebuchadnezzar.
And so Arioch took Daniel into the king, identifying him as one of the Judean, and as is the usually the case in politics, he didn't bother mentioning that Daniel came to him. Instead, he took credit for finding Daniel. It never hurts to be on the right side of the king.
To be continued.
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