Monday, September 21, 2009

The Senate paige goes in to the Prez...

Daniel is a peon.

A rising star, to be sure, but a nobody. A kid yanked from his homeland, with some promise to be trained into a good, useful government worker someday.

He is going about his business, trying to keep his integrity together in a very pagan kingdom.

What he doesn't know, is that over in the Palace, the king is tossing in his sleep. Not one night, but night after night. And we all know, when the king doesn't sleep, he gets grumpy.
1 -3 In the second year of his reign, King Nebuchadnezzar started having dreams that disturbed him deeply. He couldn't sleep.
He called in all the Babylonian magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and fortunetellers to interpret his dreams for him. When they came and lined up before the king, he said to them, "I had a dream that I can't get out of my mind. I can't sleep until I know what it means."
4 The fortunetellers, speaking in the Aramaic language, said, "Long live the king! Tell us the dream and we will interpret it."
5 -6 The king answered the fortunetellers, "This is my decree: If you can't tell me both the dream itself and its interpretation, I'll have you ripped to pieces, limb from limb, and your homes torn down.
(Did I tell you the sleepless king was getting VERY GRUMPY?)
But if you tell me both the dream and its interpretation, I'll lavish you with gifts and honors. So go to it: Tell me the dream and its interpretation."
7 They answered, "If it please your majesty, tell us the dream. We'll give the interpretation."
8 -9 But the king said, "I know what you're up to—you're just playing for time. You know you're up a tree. You know that if you can't tell me my dream, you're doomed. I see right through you—you're going to cook up some fancy stories and confuse the issue until I change my mind. Nothing doing! First tell me the dream, then I'll know that you're on the up and up with the interpretation and not just blowing smoke in my eyes."
10 -11 The fortunetellers said, "Nobody anywhere can do what you ask. And no king, great or small, has ever demanded anything like this from any magician, enchanter, or fortuneteller. What you're asking is impossible unless some god or goddess should reveal it—and they don't hang around with people like us."
12 -13 That set the king off. He lost his temper and ordered the whole company of Babylonian wise men killed. When the death warrant was issued, Daniel and his companions were included. They also were marked for execution.
OK. REALLY grumpy.
He decided that all his cabinet, all his advisors, everybody even preparing to have a place in his government, should be killed. There were lots of people in the kindom. He would just start over.
So Daniel was jerked from his family, exiled from his country, and now he is going to die.
The book of Daniel is going to be a very short book!
14 -15 When Arioch, chief of the royal guards, was making arrangements for the execution, Daniel wisely took him aside and quietly asked what was going on: "Why this all of a sudden?"
15 -16 After Arioch filled in the background, Daniel went to the king and asked for a little time so that he could interpret the dream.
17 -18 Daniel then went home and told his companions Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what was going on. He asked them to pray to the God of heaven for mercy in solving this mystery so that the four of them wouldn't be killed along with the whole company of Babylonian wise men.
Daniel goes to the king, then he goes to the KING OF KINGS!
What a privilege we have to go to the King above all kings, and lay out our concerns and requests before Him!

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