“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. Daniel 2:31-35
Even though Daniel is a captive of Nebuchadnezzar Daniel treats the king with respect. We can learn a lot from how Daniel treated the Babylonians. The world we live in is often times hostile to religion in general and Christianity specifically. Many of the people we are trying to reach have had bad experiences with religion and are often now hostile to anything we have to say. What we as Christians need to do is follow Daniel’s example and treat those people with respect. The hopefully they will be open to listen to what we have to say.
After his respectful opening Daniel goes on the describe Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in great detail. As I have mentioned earlier in this series it is hard enough to recall the details of our own dreams and here we have Daniel telling someone else what they had dreamed. This is something that could only come from God. It was Daniel’s reliance on God and not his own abilities that enabled Daniel to become a favorite of Nebuchadnezzar.
Being able to tell someone their dreams is kind of cool but is that what God wants us to get out of reading Daniel. I don’t think so. Daniel was a living example to the Jewish captives of how to act in a godly manner when surrounded by the ungodly, the unbeliever. We all need to emulate Daniel. The world we live in is hostile to the Christian message. Christians are looked on as intolerant and full of hate. What we need to show that world is that far from being hateful we are really filled with love, love for God and love for our neighbors.
Sometimes we forget how we are supposed to act toward others. I know I find it hard to keep a loving attitude when someone is ridiculing my beliefs but it is then that I need to look at how Jesus reacted or in the Old Testament how Daniel reacted to much more serious things than ridicule. Both faced death because of their love of God and both only showed love to their persecutors. One might argue that well, Jesus was God so it was not all that hard for Him. Daniel on the other hand was just a man and he still managed to act in a godly way toward others.
Have a blessed day,