Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and he gathers all the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and Chaldeans to tell him his dream and interpret it. Well none of them can do that so Nebuchadnezzar orders all of them to be killed including Daniel and his friends.
Daniel and his buddies pray to the Lord and the Lord responds by revealing the secret of the dream to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel says a prayer of thanks to God for giving him knowledge and wisdom bc Daniel knows that the Lord, “Reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells in Him.”
Daniel then goes to the man Nebuchadnezzar ordered to kill all the wise men and tells him not to bc he can interpret the dream. When Daniel is before the king he explains that no man can tell him his dream but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and He is the one who interprets dreams.
Daniel shares with Nebuchadnezzar what the Lord revealed to him: 2 inferior kingdoms will rise, Medo-Persia and Greece, and then a another really powerful kingdom will rise, the Roman Empire. Upon hearing the interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar praises God saying, “God is the God of gods.” He also promotes Daniel and his buddies to be rulers in Babylon.
Over time Nebuchadnezzar must have forgotten about the time he said, “Truly your God is the God of all gods,” bc he ends up building a large golden image and demands everyone to worship it when music is played or they will be thrown into a blazing furnace.
Well Daniel’s buddies refuse to worship anything or anyone but the Lord. So Nebuchadnezzar has the furnace heated 7 times more than usual and has Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego cast into it.
When Nebuchadnezzar looks inside he sees a fourth person in there. So he brings out Daniel’s friends, who are completely unharmed, and praises the Lord for sending His Angel to save His servants who trusted Him. Then he makes a decree that anyone who speaks against the Lord will be destroyed. 🤷♀️ Nebuchadnezzar is one violent, fickle dude.
Back in Jerusalem before the Babylon invasion in 597 BC, Jeremiah is still warning the people not to believe that they are secure just bc the temple is located in Jerusalem. He keeps urging them to stop their evil, repent, and turn to the Lord or the temple and everything else will be destroyed. But the people are still not listening.
More from Jeremiah tomorrow so keep reading.
(Daniel 2:1-3:30, Jeremiah 7:1-8:3)