In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm— if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “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 flesh.” Daniel 2:1-11
Do you remember your dreams? I usually do not. Oh, if I wake during a dream I may remember it for a few fleeting seconds as I walk to my closet to get dressed but for the most part my dreams quickly slip away. Every once in a while I will remember a dream but I cannot ever recall a dream that affected me such as the one king Nebuchadnezzar had. People back in Nebuchadnezzar’s time put great stock in dreams as do many people today. So it was not anything special to want to have his wise council interpret this dream.
What was special about this dream is that Nebuchadnezzar not only wanted them to interpret his dream but to tell him what the dream was. Talk about a challenge. It is tough enough to remember one’s own dreams much less tell someone else what they had dreamt. Of course the king was probably third of getting vague interpretation or just plain wrong interpretations. And of course, anyone can give an interpretation if they know the dream and dreamer. I would also guess that most of the interpretations were also king friendly. No one wanted to make the king mad.
Nebuchadnezzar’s magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and Chaldeans were partially right when they told the king that “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 flesh.” Of course it was not the gods but God that could tell Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed and what the dream meant. Nebuchadnezzar needed someone special to interpret his dream. Fortunately he had such a person in his court, Daniel.
Have a blessed day,