‘I said, “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me.’ (Daniel 4v9)
In the last post we considered how Nebuchadnezzar – the king of Babylon – observed early on that the spirit of a holy god was operating within Daniel. Whether this was from the young man’s tenacity in standing up to his captors in refusing to eat food sacrificed to idols or the answers he gave Nebuchadnezzar, we can’t be sure. But what do know and see is the start of a burgeoning relationship between the men.
That said, Daniel is under pressure to perform. We see this as Nebuchadnezzar states his belief that the spirit of the holy gods live within him and that no mystery is beyond his insight and explanation of Daniel. Interestingly, despite these insights, Nebuchadnezzar is surprisingly slow in regard to understanding that Daniel is monotheistic in his belief- that is worshipping the one true God over the ‘many gods’ that Nebuchadnezzar believes in. Yes, the king knows a holy interpreter even if he does not understand that God is one and not many. Still, he is not deterred andDaniel is there to do a job as he prepares him with the words: ‘Here is my dream, interpret it for me!’ (to be continued…)