Friday, March 20, 2015

Daily Lenten Post, Day 27

Hey, Easter will be here in just over two weeks! Yay! I will take a break from blogging for a bit after Easter, but until then, here's my daily post...

Daniel 4:1-27 is what I looked at this morning.

1-8--Nebuchadnezzar's testimony
It looks like even after the three men survive the fiery furnace and Nebuchadnezzar decides their God is a really great god, he still doesn't get who God is! We're back to his dreams and Daniel, with this chapter, and he's so glad Daniel interpreted his dream, but he doesn't get that the one true God did it--he talks about "the gods" still.

9-18--Nebuchadnezzar's dream
This sounds like a pretty impressive dream. I don't know if it's really any more impressive than the first one, about the statue, but a huge tree would make for an impressive dream. You'd think the theme of destruction in his dreams might give him a clue about himself! My study Bible talks about Nebuchadnezzar's tree being "the world tree" that was a common idea in those cultures, and how arrogant someone would be to dream that he is the world tree.

19-27--Daniel interprets the vision
It tells us Daniel was shocked--I'm sure he was! How much did he probably hate having to tell Nebuchadnezzar that he actually was the tree in this dream, if he knew the idea of the world tree? But maybe it wasn't too bad, since he also got to tell him what was coming to him, symbolized by the tree being cut down. Nebuchadnezzar will be humbled, and according to that dream, it will take a lot to humble him. I don't think that's very surprising, considering what we've read so far!

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