The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  


[11] And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
Now the Royal Court opens the door to bring in God. 
The English word rare comes from the Hebrew word yaqqiyr/yak-keer' This would have to do with something that is not only rare, but also noble, precious or dear.
The Royal Court now admits to the king that they cannot accommodate him his requirement.  And that it will take a god even stronger and migjhtier than their gods to fulfill the king's demands.
Daniel 4:18...This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
Daniel 5:8...Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

Daniel 5:15...And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
John 4:24...God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.


[12] For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 
Because the wise men could not tell the king his dream nor the interpretation thereof, the king went into a temper tantrum rampage.  He then gave the order that all of the wise men of Babylon were to be killed.  This included Daniel.


[13] And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
Then king then prepares the written document ordering the immediate deaths of all the wise men.
It is odd how that one historical event can have a deep bearing on yet another event to come.  These wise men in Daniel 2:13, is the exact identical sect of wise men that would seek out Jesus in Matthew 2.  If Nebuchadnezzar's edict would have been carried out, it is quite possible there would have not been wise men in Matthew 2


[14] Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
Counsel and wisdom...Daniel was very careful what he said to Arioch.  Daniel chose his words with great care.  Daniel chose his words carefully because he was asking Arioch to place his own life in  jeopardy by delaying the kings edict at Daniel's request.


[15] He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
In an effort to avert a horrible travesty of justice, Daniel is carefully playing mental and verbal chess with Arioch.  And it is apparent that Arioch does not want to carry out the king's decree.  Have you ever stopped to think that Arioch is taking the time to explain to Daniel why he must kill Daniel right now?