We last left Daniel standing before King Nebuchadnezzar, who had threatened the wise men with death if no one could relate to him the dream that he had had, as well as its interpretation. Before Daniel told the king the information he wanted, Daniel gave God the credit for what he was about to say. What was the dream that had so troubled the king?
Daniel 2:31-35 (KJV)
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
What was the first thing that the king had seen (verse 31)? He saw a great image. What was it like? It was bright and the form was terrible. According to verse 32 what was the image's head made of? It was made of fine gold. What was the breast and arms made of? They were made of silver. What were the thighs made of? They were made of brass (bronze). What were the legs made of (verse 33)? They were made of iron. What were the feet made of? They were made of both iron and clay. What did the king see next (verse 34)? He saw a stone. Had the stone been cut by human hands? No, it had not been cut by human hands. How did the stone get cut out of the rock then? The only other means would have been through a supernatural means. Obviously, God is the one who did the cutting. What happened next (still verse 34)? The stone smote the image on its feet and the image broke in pieces. As a result of the stone crushing the feet, what happened to the rest of the image (verse 35)? The whole image broke into pieces to the point that it became like the chaff on the threshing floors in summer. The image is so demolished that the wind carried the pieces away and could not be found. What happened to the stone then? It became a great mountain and it filled the whole earth.
The king of Babylon certainly had a very vivid and terrifying dream. Do you suppose that the king was able to remember the dream as Daniel related it back to him? Will the king respond favorably? Do you think Daniel will also be able to interpret the dream? Stay tuned for the next installment.