Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.” Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.” The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: Daniel 2:24-27 (NIV).
God gives Daniel the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, so Daniel seeks out his captor to tell him to not harm other people. Notice that order of things. God gave wisdom, so God’s servant seeks out his enemy to have mercy on him. It’s a very New Testament, “Jesusy” thing to do smack dab in the middle of the Old Testament prophetic time. It’s because God is the answer.
Daniel’s first words (after praising God) are to tell Arioch to not kill the wise men of Babylon. He doesn’t say, “stop! I have a solution” or anything about himself. He tells the king’s high guard to not kill his own countrymen. And Arioch believed him. The guard must have felt desperate to not do this terrible thing the king had ordered him to do. So, he takes the slave into meet his king…and the king doesn’t fume or scream, “Arioch, why aren’t you out doing what I told you to do?” No, Nebuchadnezzar talks with the slave and asks if he has an answer (that his advisors didn’t have).
That’s when Daniel gives credit where credit is due. “Not me, sire, but God. Here’s what it all means.” Because God has the answers. Because God IS the answer.
Here’s what it all means: those are words we could use today. Sometimes when I pray, I feel stupid, insignificant. The devil sneaks in and tries to tell me that my feelings are true, but he’s a liar. He’s always been a liar. The truth is that God does hold all the answers we search for. He can interpret a king’s dream. He will lead us down His paths for His righteousness’ sake. What seems impossible or foolish to man is child’s play to our God. He is the answer.
For further reading: Genesis 41:8, Deuteronomy 21:10, Psalm 23, Daniel 2:28
Lord, in You alone are all the answers to this life. In You are all blessings.
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