Nebuchadnezzar was a mighty King—He had dreams that were driving him to distraction. He challenged his wise men to interpret the dream, but, there was a catch—they had to tell him what he dreamed as well as what it meant–Impossible; right!! Such are the demands of the world. Should one interpret the dream, they would be blessed beyond measure. No interpretation, however, would mean the death of all the wise men in Babylon.
In those days, there was no due process. Whatever the king wanted, he got—no questions asked. It was never fair, it was often impossible and it was always subjective. That was why God’s leadership of Israel was so awesome—grace and mercy were the main themes, and his rules were for the people’s benefit. It was laid out, it was simple and, it was for the benefit of the chosen–not the King.
In our world, today, it is still the same. The world is completely self-absorbed. Its demand for some is minimal, while for others impossible. Typically, the church is considered the outlier and often treated with disdain and dishonor. It is expected to be perfect, but, then accused of being judgmental when others are not perfect. We are considered intolerant, but with no grace given. That is why we follow our Lord. He gives grace and mercy. He is not only fair, but merciful. He seeks to restore us into the family—not exclude or persecute. From the perspective of his kids, the choice is truly easy…or it least one would think. Joshua said it best, “Choose this day whom you will serve—as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15
God Bless You
In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. 2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers[a] to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, 3 he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.[b]”
4 Then the astrologers answered the king,[c] “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”
5 The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. 6 But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”
7 Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”
8 Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: 9 If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”