Read Daniel 1
Daniel rejects king's food; Nebuchadnezzar's dream interpreted by Daniel; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego saved out of fiery furnace
Soon after their capture, Daniel and other selected Israelite captives of royal blood were assigned new names which would identify them as citizens of
This was an attempt to remove their identities as children of God. The king's intent was that these select men be taught to think and live like Babylonians. As Daniel heard his new name called day after day, it was intended to remind him that the comfort, esteem, and high position he enjoyed in his new society were all the result of his being the Prince of Bel. The book of Daniel shows that, although the king could change the names of the young men, he could not change their characters.
Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled. . . the king commanded to call . . . the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. . . . The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter (Daniel 2:1-2,10). But, after Daniel and his friends prayed, the secret was revealed unto Daniel in a night vision and he proclaimed to the king that there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days (2:18-19,28).
Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that the giant image in his dream represented successive kingdoms that would rule the world. The head was of fine gold and represented Nebuchadnezzar. His breast and his arms of silver symbolized the Medo-Persian Empire, which would become the next dominating world power. The Grecian Empire, represented by his belly and his thighs of brass came next. The fourth empire, with his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (2:32-33), depicted the
As the Stone that smote the image (Daniel 2:35). The Stone is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20; I Peter 2:4-8).
1:4 Children = Young men; 2:1 sleep brake from him = he was unable to sleep; 2:31 terrible = dreadful, awesome; 3:19 the form of his visage was changed = his facial expression was changed; 3:21 hosen = tunic or undergarments.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:12