Tag: iron and clay
Scripture reading for September 1st: Daniel 1-3
Daniel was a young and promising Israelite from Judah who was taken captive to Babylon. He and his friends resolved not to defile themselves and to live for the Lord in Babylon. God gave Daniel great wisdom and favor and the ability to interpret dreams and visions. Daniel’s life shines as an example for believers today who live in a wicked culture. Daniel’s insight into the dreams of the king of Babylon take us into prophesy and God’s plans for the world!
When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, he called all the royal advisers and asked them to tell him the dream along with it’s interpretation. (Daniel 2:1-6) He threatened them all with death if they could not do this, and promised reward if they could. The royal advisers all told the king that he was being unreasonable, that only the gods could reveal such a thing. The king ordered their execution.
Daniel discretely approached the commander of the king’s guard who was set to execute the wise men. Daniel appealed to the king for more time to seek an answer and interpret the dream. He and his friends sought the God of heaven for mercy for the wise men of Babylon and for themselves. God was gracious and gave Daniel a vision in the night that brought the answer. (Daniel 2:14-23)
Daniel shared the vision and answered the king’s request. The king had seen a large statue with a head of pure gold, a chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, and legs and feet of iron and baked clay. While he watched, a rock, not cut by human hands, struck the statue on the feet and it crumbled and blew away in the wind. The rock became a huge mountain that filled the earth. (Daniel 2:31-35)
Daniel went on to share the meaning. These parts of the statue were great kingdoms of the earth. The rock that struck the statue was God’s power setting up an eternal kingdom who would overthrow all the powerful kingdoms of the earth. This would take place in the future! Nebuchadnezzar fell down and worshiped! “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” (Daniel 2:47) God alone can reveal mysteries to his humble people!