Nebuchadnezzar has set an impossible task. He’s had a disturbing dream and he wants his magicians, enchanters, or anybody to tell him what the dream was and interpret it, or, to put it another way, to read his mind and then explain the dream. If they can’t do both, they will be torn limb from limb. Not surprisingly, no one takes him up on the challenge!
That sends the king into a fury, and he decides to kill them anyway. They are about to be executed when Daniel steps in to save the day. Well, God through Daniel saves the day.
Before revealing the dream and its meaning, Daniel starts with a word of praise. He knows who has given him the answer to the king’s demand and Daniel, ever faithful, boldly proclaims that wisdom and power are God’s to give, that God reveals hidden things, and Daniel thanks and praises God.
Comedian Stephen Colbert famously invented the word “truthiness,” which is defined as the preference for facts that one wishes or believes to be true rather than those known to be true. We live in a truthiness world with true wisdom in short supply. Daniel reminds us where true wisdom is to be found. God gives wisdom and understanding, which may seem foolishness to the world. God’s wisdom reminds us that the meek inherit the earth and the cross, emblem of death, is life to those who are being saved.
Let us prepare to receive God’s wisdom, embodied in his Son, who came as one of us to show us the fullness of God’s love and grace.
Rev. Dr. Allison Byerley is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Hawkins, TX.
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