Daniel 2* Nebuchadnezzar's dream. (1-13) It is revealed to Daniel.(14-23) He obtains admission to the king. (24-30) The dream andthe interpretation. (31-45) Honours to Daniel and his friends.(46-49)1-13 The greatest men are most open to cares and troubles ofmind, which disturb their repose in the night, while the sleepof the labouring man is sweet and sound. We know not theuneasiness of many who live in great pomp, and, as others vainlythink, in pleasure also. The king said that his learned men musttell him the dream itself, or they should all be put to death asdeceivers. Men are more eager to ask as to future events, thanto learn the way of salvation or the path of duty; yetforeknowledge of future events increases anxiety and trouble.Those who deceived, by pretending to do what they could not do,were sentenced to death, for not being able to do what they didnot pretend to. 14-23 Daniel humbly prayed that God would discover to him theking's dream, and the meaning of it. Praying friends arevaluable friends; and it well becomes the greatest and best mento desire the prayers of others. Let us show that we value ourfriends, and their prayers. They were particular in prayer. Andwhatever we pray for, we can expect nothing but as the gift ofGod's mercies. God gives us leave in prayer to tell our wantsand burdens. Their plea with God was, the peril they were in.The mercy Daniel and his fellows prayed for, was bestowed. Thefervent prayers of righteous men avail much. Daniel was thankfulto God for making known that to him, which saved the lives ofhimself and his fellows. How much more should we be thankful toGod, for making known the great salvation of the soul to thosewho are not among the worldly wise and prudent! 24-30 Daniel takes away the king's opinion of his magicians andsoothsayers. The insufficiency of creatures should drive us tothe all-sufficiency of the Creator. There is One who can do thatfor us, and make known that to us, which none on earth can,particularly the work of redemption, and the secret designs ofGod's love to us therein. Daniel confirmed the king in hisopinion, that the dream was of great consequence, relating tothe affairs and changes of this lower world. Let those whom Godhas highly favoured and honoured, lay aside all opinion of theirown wisdom and worthiness, that the Lord alone may be praisedfor the good they have and do. 31-45 This image represented the kingdoms of the earth, thatshould successively rule the nations, and influence the affairsof the Jewish church. 1. The head of gold signified the Chaldeanempire, then in being. 2. The breast and arms of silversignified the empire of the Medes and Persians. 3. The belly andthighs of brass signified the Grecian empire, founded byAlexander. 4. The legs and feet of iron signified the Romanempire. The Roman empire branched into ten kingdoms, as the toesof these feet. Some were weak as clay, others strong as iron.Endeavours have often been used to unite them, for strengtheningthe empire, but in vain. The stone cut out without hands,represented the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, which shouldbe set up in the kingdoms of the world, upon the ruins ofSatan's kingdom in them. This was the Stone which the buildersrefused, because it was not cut out by their hands, but it isbecome the head stone of the corner. Of the increase of Christ'sgovernment and peace there shall be no end. The Lord shallreign, not only to the end of time, but when time and days shallbe no more. As far as events have gone, the fulfilling thisprophetic vision has been most exact and undeniable; future agesshall witness this Stone destroying the image, and filling thewhole earth. 46-49 It is our business to direct attention to the Lord, asthe Author and Giver of every good gift. Many have thoughts ofthe Divine power and majesty, who do not think of serving Godthemselves. But all should strive, that God may be glorified,and the best interests of mankind furthered.
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