Loving Unreasonable People (Daniel 2:1-16)

 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. 2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, 3 he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.” (Daniel 2:1-3)

 7 Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

8 Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: 9 If you do not tell me the dream, there is just one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”

10 The astrologers answered the king, “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. 11 What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”

12 This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went into the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.  (Daniel 2:7-16)

Learn it:

            In chapter two we learn that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that was deeply troubling him.  He wanted his group of wise men to not only tell him what it means but he wants them to tell him what his dream even was!  Since his wise men were unable to do this, he gets furious and he sends out an order to have all of the wise men executed!  The King is being totally unreasonable, and we are getting a very different picture of him then we got in the first chapter.  Where he was very nice and commending to Daniel and his friends.        

            Daniel was not present when the King was talking to his wise men because he was young and not as experienced.  The King was so mad that his wise men were unable to help him.  So was going to kill them all including Daniel.  When Daniel hears about what is going on, he remains calms and asks for details about what is happening.  He does not lash out in anger or tries to defend himself.  He just wants to know what is going on.  After learning what’s going on, he offers to help the King.  Wow!  Daniel had incredible faith in God!  Daniel clearly knew the King was not in a good mood and the fact that he would be able to tell him his dream meant that he trusted that God would tell him what his dream was.  Just incredible. 

Live it:

            There will be instances in our lives where we have to work with people that are unreasonable.  Daniel was facing death and was still able to ask helpful questions and offer his help to the king.  This is a powerful example for Christians today.  We are called to love and serve all types of people, especially those that are our enemies.  We are able to do that because we have a God who is with us.  He will give us the strength, wisdom, and peace to do it.  It is only through Him that we can bring others into a relationship with God.  Who has God put in your life that you would be able to serve?  Pray that God would give you the boldness to talk to them and open a door to serve them.  That through your actions you would be able to share the Gospel to them. 

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