- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 2
The story in the chapter two provides a biblical overview of humanity’s future and end time events, the rise and fall of human kingdom, and the God’s Kingdom with no end.
King’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation explains who gives dream and reveals about the dream.
Nebuchadnezzar’s advisory council was comprised of four different groups; the magicians (scholars), the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the enchanters (wise men).
The king’s dream is contrast to the dream of the king Pharaoh (Genesis 40-41), and how it was interpreted by respectively Daniel and Joseph. While Joseph interpreted dreams that were reported to him, Daniel first told the dream and then interpret it. What they had common is God who gave dream and interpreted it.
A human statue in the dream represents each kingdom. The five kingdoms are the Babylonian, Median, Persian, Greek, and the coming universal Kingdom of God. The fourth kingdom symbolizes the divided kingdom of the Seleucids and Ptolemais of declining strength of Greece.
The rock in the dream quarried supernaturally. The stone filling the whole earth has traditionally been interpreted to be a messianic prediction of God’s final kingdom.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?