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The Dream, the Mean and the Ugly!

Daniel 2.1-30

The Dream, the Mean, and the Ugly!

 

  • Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Vs1-16

 

  • So then we can see from this passage that Nebuchadnezzar was troubled and sought direction. Not knowing that it was LORD that was speaking to him he does as many others - he looked to the world for answers. Cf Gen 41.8/Pharaoh; Est 6.1/Artaxerxes 
  • Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. Nebuchadezzar was so intent on understanding the dream he promised whoever could give the interpretation gifts, rewards and great honor.
  • Friends this kind of behavior is going on today so called psychics that says they have the answers, but they don’t know. Be careful where you go to for answers. Remember the Word of God is sure and true. Cf. Proverbs 30.5
  • This was a serious situation for the men, Nebuchadnezzar was determined to know the truth and if it meant people were going to die to find the answer to the truth he was okay with that.
  • Makes me think; are we that determined to know the truth when it comes to God? Are willing to go to the extreme (not harming anyone of course) to find answers to His promises? 

 

  • God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Vs17-30

 

  • Daniel wasn’t even in the room well all this was going down, but once he found out he made it a priority to know the will of God in the matter. He called for a prayer meeting with his friends and in unity they sought God’s will for the answer. Do we have that same determination to seek out answers from God when life’s trials come?
  • Corporate prayer is important in the life of any believer. When we pray do we expect God to answer us or are we content to just give up and take what comes our way. Daniel’s life and the lives of his friends were hanging in the balance, but aren’t ours as well? 
  • Upon receiving the answer from God Daniel immediately gave praise and thanks to the LORD for His answers. V20-23 
  • We also see that because the answer involved other people besides Daniel and his companions he was quick to share the answer. Friends sometimes when God gives us things they may not be entirely for us. It is with prayer that we can determine if the answer is for us or perhaps someone else. 
  • Daniel stood firm in the face of the trial - although the king had promised gifts and rewards to whoever could give an answer to his dream Daniel wasn’t looking for anything in return.

 

God blesses whom He chooses and we should never serve Him expecting anything in return. Like Daniel let us learn to seek God on every matter that comes our way and be quick to perform the task He has put before us. 

No matter what the outcome may be let us hold fast to our belief in God and trust He will see you through. Amen

 

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Daniel’s Faithfulness

Daniel 1:8-21

V8 - But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank.
Daniel was familiar with the Word he knew that just because he was not in his home land participating in the actions of those around him wasn’t an option. His resolve was to be faithful to his God no matter the cost.

V9 - God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs.
When we serve God with our whole lives He gives us favor. God leads us even when we don’t realize it, just because Daniel was being held captive didn’t mean he was a prisoner. Makes me wonder are we free, what is holding us captive today? Why won’t lay it down and walk in His freedom.

V11-13 wisdom on Daniel’s part he trusted in his God and was expecting he would be rewarded for his faithfulness to God because of it. There are many references between Daniel & the book of Revelation in Rev 2.10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Here to is a test of faith - just as Daniel and his companions had to trust in the Lord so will those saints of the tribulation hour. I think this is a good lesson for us to keep our trust in the Lord for every situation.

V14 - 16 God showed Himself faithful to Daniel and the others. We too can experience this kind of walk in our lives as we trust in God we can go forward in a belief that He is faithful to us.

V17 - As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. God gave them ( Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) learning and skill. These men were set apart by God to do specific work and task for the position He called them to. The same can be said for us today, God has called us to a specific work we are accountable to Him for these gifts and callings. Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
To Daniel God gave a very specific gift and calling regarding dreams and visions. I still believe in the gifts of the spirit, yet I think we see less of them because those whom God would offer to use in these areas refuse to separate themselves for the work of God.

Here's are few things to consider from our text:

  1. Living for God means staying close to His heart and not giving in to compromise.
  2. Living for God keeps in good standing with men as well as with God.
  3. Our faithfulness to God brings blessings to others as well as ourselves.
  4. Never look at the situation you find yourself in as a problem, but like these men look to God and commit yourself to serve Him in faithfulness and seek ways to be a blessing to others.

Amen 
Pastor J

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