July 31, 2011

Monday after the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Lectionary

Morning - Ps. 39, 1 Sam. 1:12-20, Lk. 11:37
Evening - Ps. 42, 43, Dan. 2:14-24, Acts 20:17

Commentary

None of the wise men of Babylon were able to tell the king's dream; therefore, he issued an order that they should all be executed. While this may be cruel, Nebuchadnezzar has realised that they are all pretenders. In his anger he plans to rid his kingdom of their lies. Daniel, however, asks the king to wait a while before putting his plan into action (2:15&16), promising that he would tell both the dream and its interpretation.

Verses 17 and 18 show Daniel and his companions seeking God in prayer. They are asking God to give Daniel understanding that he may not be killed with the rest of the wise men. God does not always answer our prayers "yes." But He did this time. In fact, we can see that it is the providence of God that has orchestrated this whole event. It is God who gave the dream to Nebuchadnezzar, and God who kept it from the false prophets and wise men of Babylon. In this He showed the falsehood of their religions and powers. And it was God who gave the interpretation to Daniel. In this He shows that He is the One God, who sets the order of times and seasons, raises up and casts down kings and empires, and has revealed the dark and secret things of the king's heart to Daniel. It is worthy of note that Daniel had pity on the wise men of Babylon. He desired not their death, but that they might see the hand of God, and worship Him.

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