Welcome back to my blog. Happy New Year to you, and let’s hope it’s a good one.
Over the years I’ve had three recurring dreams. When I was in the teaching profession I used to dream that I was standing in front of a class that was completely out of control. There was nothing I could do, my years of training and experience amounted to nothing. Thankfully, it never happened in real life. I had some difficult classes and some impossible children, but it was never as bad as in my dream.
I have a New Year offer for you. I had another one of my recurring dreams last night. Scenes and situations vary but the basic dream is always the same. I’m prepared to give £1,000,000 to anyone who can interpret my dream. Understanding that you could make something up I’m not going to tell you what was the dream. You’ll have to tell me the dream and its interpretation if you want my money.
I know what you’re probably thinking. That’s an impossible task. We need to know the dream before we can interpret it. I agree with you, in principle, but that’s exactly the challenge a king of the Babylonian empire set his wise men. He had been disturbed by a dream, but he didn’t trust his wise men not to make up a story so he wanted them to tell him the dream too.
The king in question was called Nebuchadnezzar and this event took place in about 600BC. He had a dream of a huge statue of a man, its constituent parts being made of different metals, gold, silver, etc. He wanted to know what it meant so he set the challenge. He also issued a threat. If you don’t tell me what the dream means I’ll have you cut into pieces and your houses destroyed. Of course, no one could satisfy Nebuchadnezzar’s demand so he ordered that all the wise men be rounded up and executed. Caught up in this through no fault of their own were Jewish exiles, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Daniel asked his friends to pray and during the night God revealed the dream to him. He arranged to meet with Nebuchadnezzar, told him the dream and the interpretation, and saved not just his own life but the lives of all the wise men.
Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel if he could interpret dreams, and this is Daniel’s response.
“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.” (1)
Daniel went on to interpret the dream and afterwards Nebuchadnezzar, so amazed, said,
“Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries.” (2)
Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream has fascinated Bible students for many years, not least because it was a prophecy that came true, but I’m not concerned with the prophecy right now. I’m concerned with the God of gods and the Lord of kings.
There is a God who created us, who loves us enough to send his Son, Jesus, to die for us, and who knows everything that is going to happen to us. Nothing is hidden from him. We face an uncertain future with news reports being a mixture of despair and hope. We don’t know what is going to unfold in the future but God does. He knows exactly what will happen, nothing is hidden from him, and trusting him we can face the New Year with confidence. He is the God of gods and the Lord of kings.
- Daniel 2:27,28
- Daniel 2:47