The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  


Daniel 2:26-30


[26] The 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?
The king is reminded that he is about to rely on a Jewish captive to reveal to him this perplexing dream.
Also, let us again note the amazing courage of Daniel.  At this time, at this level, Daniel is looking right into the eyes of a man who has already ordered his death.  Yet Daniel remains firm in his courage and his faith in God.

DANIEL 2:27-28

[27] Daniel 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; [28] But 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;
Daniel is very confident at this point that he will be allowed to give the king the interpretation to the dream.  Daniel is now confident that the king is not going to kill him until, at least,  he hears what he has to say.
Therefore, Daniel will take this opportunity to show the difference between the God of Heaven and the satanic gods of Babylon.  Therefore, Daniel is not going to pass up this opportunity to remind the king that it will not be man nor human instrumentality that will reveal to him the dream, but it will be the God of Heaven that will tell him the dream and the interpretation thereof.


[29] As 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.
Daniel was quite careful not to claim any of the abilities of revelation to himself. Daniel wanted the king to know that all such revelatory came from God and God only. To do this Daniel had to be able to reveal to the king the very dream in which he had, word-for-word, line-for- line.


[30] But 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.
Here we see where God declares His name, His plans, His secrets and His demands. God indicates His divine act of revelation in judgement and grace. Many times in the Old Testament, we sometimes have the thought that the ordinary man can make nothing of dreams even though they come from God. Here in Daniel 2:30, the view is advanced that the interpretation must also come God in so far as the recipient does not possess a prophetic charisma. What we see from this is that the thoughts of God dwelt in the heart of Daniel. The vision is a divine answer to the thoughts of the king’s heart and his need and concern for the future. However, the revelation is veiled in imagery. In Daniel we have the beginning of the fusion of later wisdom theology with apocalyptic. Daniel differs from that which is proper of man. It does not merely surpass it as divinely given wisdom. It is fundamentally different. The secrets of the future are known to him by means of it.

Daniel was careful not to ascribe any credit for himself concerning the interpretation of the king’s dream. Daniel claimed no personal superiority at all. Nebuchadnezzar was aware of Daniel’s abilities and the abilities of his three companions in Daniel 1:20.

1. To save the lives of Daniel and his companions vs 18 & 30
2. To magnify God to be greater than all the wise men of Babylon vs 27-28
3. To demonstrate that God does answer prayer for those who depend upon Him vs 18-23
4. To reveal that He is sovereign over all nations vs 19-45
5. To demonstrate that God is still guiding human affairs 19-23
6. To prove God is still infinite in knowledge and wisdom vs 21-23 Romans 11:33
7. To make it clear God is the author of prophecies vs23-45
8. To prove God is the only true God 20-30
9. To testify God is the only true God of Israel vs 23
10. To prove that one receiving a revelation may or may not be a true child of God vs 29-45
11. To reveal the thoughts of men vs 30
12. To make known the plan of God from Daniel’s day into all eternity vs 29-45.
Daniel knows he is about to give a significant interpretation to the king. He wants the king to know that this interpretation is by divine appointment and not by any human instrumentation.