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Daniel explains the Dream

Daniel 2:24-49, Andrew Love, May 20, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • God speaks to Nebuchadnezzar
    • A despotic man
    • He made a wild demand - explanation
    • Yet God speaks to him in a dream
    • Daniel and his friends were put in great danger
  • Man's extremity is God's opportunity
    • Daniel goes to Arioch
    • Daniel is given an audience with the king
    • Daniel asks for time and calls a prayer meeting
    • God gives Daniel the interpretation of the dream
    • Do we call upon God in our extremity?
  • This chapter tells us that God answers the prayers of His people
    • How much do we believe that God will answer our prayers?
  • Overview:
    • Lessons about how to testify (v24-30)
    • Lessons about history and the kingdom of God (v31-45)
    • Lessons about divine intervention (v46-49)

Lessons about how to testify (v24-30)

  • Daniel has received an answer to prayer (v24)
    • He does not rush into the kings presence - he follows protocol
    • Although he had heard from the King of Kings, he could not rush into the presence of the earthly king
    • We must not rush into situations
  • Arioch claims credit for the answer to prayer (v25)
    • Once God has answered your prayer, others might want to come alongside and take credit
    • This does not matter, be humble
    • Daniel does not take credit - he acknowledges God
  • Daniel highlights the inability for men to interpret the dream (v27)
    • Daniel reminds Nebuchadnezzar that he must not go back to the wise men, astrologers, magicians and sooth sayers
    • We must show people that only God has the answer
  • Daniel reminds Nebuchadnezzar that only God knows (v28)
    • We must point men and women away from ourselves and towards God
  • Daniel is not taking credit (v30)
    • God exalts the humble and puts down the proud
    • Daniel is highly exalted at the end of the chapter
    • Are we humble?
    • Do we take credit - are we humble?
  • Summarizing comments

Lessons about history and the kingdom of God (v31-45)

  • The interpretation of the dream speaks about Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom and the coming kingdoms after, including the kingdom of God
    • A statue made of different materials
    • A little stone strikes the statue and it shatters
    • The little stone grows into a great mountain
  • Each empires gives way to another empire but the kingdom of God supersedes all empires
    • The kingdom of God will last forever

The empires

  • The interpretation: (v37-38)
    • Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom would one day pass away
    • The Babylonian Empire gave way to the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians (the silver trunk and two arms)
      • The splendor of each kingdom is inferior to the previous empires
      • (The strength of the Roman kingdom was stronger than the previous empires)
    • The Greek Empire came next (the two bronze upper legs)
    • The Roman Empire (the two iron lower legs)
  • Some scholars dispute when Daniel was written due to the accuracy of the prophecy
    • God had given Daniel the interpretation
  • The ten toes - maybe 10 kings
    • All empires came and went
    • One day all the kingdoms of the world will be swept away by the kingdom of God

The Stone

  • God's kingdom begins in small ways
    • The 12 apostles
    • Pentecost
    • The stone is spoken in Gen 49 - Jesus Christ


  • Every human king is but dust in the sight of God
    • Your kingdom will fail and another will come
    • People are nothing in the hands of almighty God
  • There is no 'Christian kingdom'
    • There is the invisible kingdom of God that exists throughout the world
  • We are not be too patriotic
    • Our citizenship is in heaven
    • Only the kingdom of God will prevail and last forever and ever
  • Jesus Christ is a stone - an offense and stumbling block
    • Many today don't like Jesus' claims
    • To those who believe He is the foundation stone
      • Luke 20:17-18
    • To those who do not believe He is the grinding stone
    • The kingdom of God is all about Jesus

Lessons about divine intervention (v46-49)

  • God had divinely spoken into the life of Nebuchadnezzar
    • He fell prostate before Daniel
      • Is Nebuchadnezzar worshiping Daniel or a foolish action for one who recognises that God is the God of gods (v47)
  • Nebuchadnezzar has come to acknowledge the one true God of heaven
    • Though he makes this confession, he is not converted (chapter 3)
  • We must be measured about those who make a profession of faith
    • We must remember the parable of the sower
    • We must continue to pray for people
      • God does humble, save and convert Nebuchadnezzar
      • We must not interfere but pray
  • Nebuchadnezzar promotes Daniel and his three friends
    • God uses Daniel for the good of the kingdom
    • We see that God is over all things
    • We must pray for authorities
  • God's kingdom rises up above all other kingdoms

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Daniel 2:24-49

24Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. 25Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. 26The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? 27Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; 28But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; 29As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. 30But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. 31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 36This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. 46Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. 47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. 48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. 49Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. (KJV)

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