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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I wanna be like Daniel (part 3)


“There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean.  The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with the flesh.”  Daniel 2:10-11


Last week, my son was given homework to write a speech named “I have a dream”.  The students had to choose a topic that they wish would not be an issue in the world and write a similar speech to the late Martin Luther King Jr.  I was blown away by my sons speech regarding his dream to end child abuse and wanted him to experience the “speech” for himself, so I googled it on Youtube.  I encourage each of you to listen to this speech again.  Hear the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr.  Whether you are black or white, whatever the denomination, listen to his words and be inspired.  Not only did he have the vision, but expressed it.  Oh if he could be here today to see the fruit of his obedience.  What started with Abraham Lincoln all the way to Martin Luther King Jr. along with many others, the dream has become a reality.  Though we are a far cry from peace in the world, the dream of living as one body able to hold hands as brothers and sister has come true!

Nebuchadnezzar also had a dream, definitely not full of peace.  In his second year as king, he woke up troubled by this dream, so troubled in fact, that he called all the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and Chaldeans and told them to tell him the dream and it’s meaning.  After the request was made known, the Chaldeans spoke up first.  They simply explained to the king that there was no way they could tell him the dream that he had and then interperate it.  If the king would just tell them the dream, they could interperate it, no problem!  The king did not take that answer and was obviously pretty perturbed.  He began to threaten them, telling them that they would be torn limb from limb if they could not tell the king his dream.  They replied with the coolest answer in verse 10 “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand.”  verse 11 says “The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with the flesh.”  Little did the king know that he was about to meet up with a God who dwells within the flesh.  He was about to meet up, yet again, with Daniel, who knew this God.

The king got so mad with their reply that he ordered all of the wise men of Babylon to be destroyed.  At first word of this, Daniel requested time of the king to be able to interpret the dream.  He gathered our old friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to help him pray.  So they did and once again, God delivered.  He made known the dream of the king to Daniel.  

After making time for proper praise, Daniel went to the king to tell him of the dream.  But this is the cool part, when the king asked if he knew the dream, Daniel set the king up to hear the reason for Daniels very existence.  His reply: “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days” verses 27, 28.  Daniel went on to explain the dream, which we will talk about next time. 

So Daniel once again finds himself in a difficult situation.  He is definitely in tune with his God, so he knows just what to do, pray!  Why does it take us so long in our trials to turn to prayer?  I know in my own experience, I pray all day, yet when it gets crazy, I try to make sense of it rather than make prayer of it. 

I’m sure none of you have received a death sentence such as our friend Daniel has, but I wonder if we would take that sentence as an opportunity to share the magnitude and abilities of God.  Would we embrace the fact that we have been chosen for a certain time and hit our knees with open ears ready to hear where God wants us and when.  There is another great example of this in Esther.  She and her people have received a death sentence due to their faith and Esther realizes that she has been placed in her exact place for “such a time as this.” Esther 4:14

The prayer that Daniel says in Daniel 2:20-23 explains what he believes.  Please read it again and as you do, ask yourself if you truly believe God in these areas.  If not, ask God for forgiveness of unbelief.  Pray that God would increase your faith to align with these words.  Nothing goes by God without Him being aware.  He was, He is, and He will ever be.  He sees everything, He knows everything, He is everywhere and He loves every one of us!  I pray that you will sit in chapter 2 for a while longer.  Reread it and find yourself familiar with the pages so we can discuss Nebuchadnezzar's dream as well as it’s meaning.

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