“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever for wisdom and might are His.”
This child of grace was not only a stranger and sojourner in the waste howling wilderness of the habitation of this dwelling but he was in a land foreign to his nativity. He had been taken captive by an army sent of God to bring judgment upon the nation of Israel and Judah and now some crazy King wanted to kill him because of a dream which he could not remember. God had already established Daniel as being wiser in“knowledge and skill in learning and wisdom and Daniel had understanding in all vision and dreams” (1:17). He was not only gifted by his God in all these matters but he excelled all others by being“ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm” (2:20). God exalted Daniel above all his captures and prominently set him in the court of king for many years, even unto the first year of King Cyrus (over 70 years).
Now in the second year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, God placed a dream in the head of the King. The dream disturbed the King but he could not remember the contents thereof and this frightened the monarch. He promised rewards to anyone who could shew him the dream and tell him the meaning thereof but God had hidden these things from the men of wisdom and understanding of the Chaldeans. Even after the aspersions and anathemas of the king and a threat of death the magicians and astrologers still could not know the dream. God gave the dream, disturbed the King, baffled the wise men and withheld the interpretation. The ‘wise’ men had been proven to be magicians and astrologers by the same God who now showed them impotent and ignorant.
The king addresses the Chaldean soothsayers in his quest to find the understanding of the dream and the meaning thereof. He did not consult with the children of the captivity for how powerful could their god be since he was defeated in battle. The word of the god of the losing army is in no position to give counsel to the king of the victors, but when the wise men of the land stood perplexed before the king, his anger rose and was very furious. In his state of mind and heat of passion, Nebuchadnezzar commands that the wise men of Babylon be destroyed,“and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain” (2:13).
Had the king questioned Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael or Azariah for the meaning of the dream? His servants had found these three wiser than all of the wise men in the land of Chaldea, yet, God had moved the troubled heart of this Gentile King to fist consult with his people. Daniel and his fellows did not even know the meaning of the king’s captain when he came to put them to death;“Then Ariok ( ‘like the lion’) made the thing known to Daniel”. (Satan, like the roaring lion, does indeed go about seeking whom he may devour but he is the servant of God to His people. He cannot claw, bite or consume when the Messenger of God holds fast his mouth.)
Daniel ( ‘God is my judge’), Hananiah ( ‘my favour is Yah’), Mishael ( ‘he who is what God is’) and Azariah ( ‘my help is Yah’) were made ten times wiser than all the other wise men, yet they did not lean on their own understanding. They desired the“mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon” (18). They did not consult ancient writings, they did seek the“Urim and Thummim” and they did not consult one with another. They desired mercy of the only One who is authorized and capable to give mercy, Yehovah God.
“Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision and Daniel blessed the God of heaven” (19).
The prayer of these three men did not spur God on and compel Him to reveal this secret thing. They were not favoured of God because they were of the house of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or because they kept the law of the handwriting of ordinances. They were of the children of captivity and it is highly unlikely that a Tabernacle had been erected in this foreign land or that the Levitical priesthood had brought along a spare Ark of the Covenant. The mighty king of the land would not permit sacrifices and offering to be made to any other god but the god of the land that had brought him the victory and even went so far as to deny people the right to pray and worship anyone else but him. So it was not of the worth of these three men, the power of the Babylonian army or the grandeur of the King and his court that this secret thing was revealed to Daniel. It was because;“The secret things belong unto Yehovah our God but those things revealed unto us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29).
Daniel and his fellows were children of grace and heirs of God. They were born of the flesh into the house of Israel and were carried into captivity for the sin of the people but they were also of the heaven born seed of the Beloved. God revealed Himself to them as their God and the Lord God Almighty. He testified to them that He was ever present with them and had not forsaken them even in the midst of an evil and perverse generation. Now He decreed that this same testimony should be displayed for all the world to see, for;“Yehovah has made known His salvation: His righteousness has He openly shewed in the sight of the nations” (Ps. 98:2).
And so Yehovah God revealed His mystery, which He had sent to confound the wisdom of man, to those who are like unto Him, favoured and preferred by Him, helped and aided by His right hand and His Holy arm for He is the Righteous Judge
“Wisdom and might are His”
Who is wise among men? He unto whom wisdom is given. Who is mighty in all the land? He unto whom might is given. And what does anyone have that they have not been given by the Lord and giver of all things? But wisdom and might are not amenities that are kept in a box or carried in a bag across the shoulder to be handed out as rewards or incentives at the end of the year. Yehovah God is the Almighty God and“Wisdom is the principle thing” (Pro. 4:7). There is no power but the power of God who causes all things to come to pass according to the power of His will. The determinant counsel and foreknowledge of the Will of the One who inhabits eternity is the commanding and controlling force of all that is, the prohibitor of all that is not and the protector of His chosen seed. It is He who changes the times and the seasons so that events happen in the appointed order with all circumstances meticulously aligned. It is He who rules over the kingdoms of this world and counts the inhabitant of the earth as ‘a winged pestilence’ (grasshoppers). He sits in heaven and rules over the kingdoms of man giving them unto the basest of men. He sets the king upon his throne and removes him when his labours are concluded. He has ordained that the foolish things of this world, that He created and sustains, should confound the wisdom of man and He alone has raised up those esteemed as fools among men to have knowledge and understanding.
He dwells in the thick darkness and knows everything therein. He created the light and separated it from the darkness, He created the light and the darkness, He created good and He created evil. He has ordained that natural man loves the darkness because his deeds are dark. He is the light of the world and He has shown forth out of that darkness and the darkness did not perceive Him, does not know Him and casts Him aside as unprofitable.“I Yehovah do all these things” (Is. 45:7).
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that gives to all
liberally and upbraids not and it shall be given him” (Jms. 1:5).
The God of the Universe is the Lord and giver of all things. He has equipped all men with the necessary elements, skill and strength to properly complete the labour He has assigned to them. He has planted a seed within that is either of their father the Devil or an incorruptible seed from above. He has given unto the vessels afore prepared unto glory an inner man who is born of the will of God. He delights in the law of God and is at variance with the natural man who is drawn away after the lusts of the flesh. The mind of God dwells in His children and the Spirit teaches them all things pertaining to life and godliness. Wisdom is not only an inseparable characteristic of the incorruptible seed but also the desire of the soul. The child of grace, as he grows in the grace and knowledge of His will, desires to understand the things of God and earnestly seeks that Wisdom which“is better than rubies and all things desired are not to be compared to it” (Pro. 8:11).
This wisdom is not carnal although the natural world is part of the understanding. God has revealed Himself in His creation but the natural eye, without wisdom, cannot see the beauty of His Holiness nor the wonders of His works. The invisible things of God are clearly set forth in the heavens, the firmament, the dry land and the seas but the natural man perceives all as being only natural. He does not like to retain God in his heart and ascribes the glory of God to the level of the corruption that surrounds him.
A child of grace is taught of the Spirit in matters that far exceed, yet include, the things of God’s creation. Daniel was not called upon to solve some obscure mathematical theory, balance a budget, bring peace to the earth or resolve some popular ideas about global warming, he and his fellows were impressed to find out a secret. This was a matter of the soul that had perplexed the king, disturbed the country and disrupted the kingdom which the mind of man could not see, let alone resolve.
Many times a person will appear distracted or upset and the kind inquisitor may ask,“Are you all right?”, to which the normal reply is,“I am fine”. The countenance of the king was troubled and everyone knew it. This dream did not vanish upon awakening nor did it dissolve as the days progressed and passed into weeks. The king was troubled in body, mind and spirit but he could not find out why. Daniel was not given natural wisdom because this was an unnatural matter. He was granted by the Spirit of the Most High to be“filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and Spiritual understanding” as he and his fellows walked“worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9f). He was given to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart of the King of Babylon because the Word of God dwelt in them bodily. He did not have to find that ‘two-edged sword” of the Spirit in order for him to vanquish the foe and win the day. The fullness of the Word (Heb. 4:12) dwelt in him.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the
number of the beast, for it is the number of man” (Rev. 13:18).
The matter that troubled the great king was the revelation of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. God had revealed that there were four kingdoms upon the earth made of various materials all of which were highly esteemed of man to be powerful and glorious. He told King Nebuchadnezzar that he saw a great image that stood before him and that he was the head of gold which stood in excellent brightness. He described the remaining kings and kingdoms as they diminished in strength, power and glory until in the days of these kings, the God of heaven would ‘cause to arise’ a kingdom which would never be destroyed. This kingdom would not be left to other people but shall be for the people of the kingdom, whosoever was born there (Ps. 87:5). In addition to this separate yet all inclusive kingdom is the fact that it will bring with it the destruction of the other kings and their kingdoms. Jesus said to His disciples,“Think not that I am come to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace but a sword” (Matt. 10:34), albeit He is the Prince of Peace for His people. His kingdom is that ‘stone cut from the mountain but not with hands’ that should be a light to the nations and the glory of His people Israel while at the same time breaking the kingdoms of this world in pieces.
The doctrines of man can be seen, scrutinized and deciphered by the limited mind of mortal man. He and his children of this world in their generation, are wiser in the things of this world than the children of the kingdom of light (Luke 16:8). Thus it should be no wonder that the discovery and traditions of these wise children are taught as the doctrines of God or that each passing generation should seek to encroach farther into the realm of the unknown thinking that they seek God and His ways. They thrive on what is found, boast in their discoveries and are given the prominent seats for their greatness and understanding. Yet these know not the ways of God.
The kingdom of God does not come by careful observation (Luke 17:20). It is not for man (Adam) to know the times and the seasons of the Israel of our God because He has not given to them (10:22). He has placed an insatiable desire in the mind of man to search out and seek the answers (Ecc. 3:11), just as King Nebuchadnezzar had, but, lest man be lifted up and think more highly of himself than he aught, the things of God are hidden from the mind of man.
“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him, but, The just shall live by His faith” (Hab. 2:4).
The pride of man is knowledge and understanding. He lusts after the presumed power that comes from having knowledge and seeks the prominence of sitting at the gate where his fellow man may come and inquire of him. But Nebuchadnezzar had nothing to give his wise men to analyze, inspect or postulate upon. He had a feeling that troubled his soul and natural wisdom and understanding could not detect the matter.
This is because the matter was a spiritual one. Daniel saw the Rock of our salvation being manifested in the world. He saw the church of Jesus Christ breaking down the nations so that no more shall nation lift sword against nation and they shall not learn to make war anymore. He saw that stone who is of the mountain and one with the mountain. He saw that no man had any part in the matter for it was of God, Holy and True. The intrusion of man and his polluted hands, corrupt mind and limited abilities can only serve to reduce the splendour of the New Jerusalem to a city in the deserts of Palestine, built by the arm of the flesh of the dust of the earth. The King saw something that natural man cannot see, flesh and blood cannot inherit and is not of this world and the cumulative wisdom of the wise men of the land could not see it either.
Therefore, since this cannot be seen, it is then not temporal. Since it is not temporal then it must be eternal and since that“in the days of these kings (not after the kings are dead and gone and their kingdoms forgotten in the sands of the deserts) shall the God of heaven set up, ‘cause to rise up’ a kingdom which shall never be destroyed’ (2:44). Since then it can never be destroyed it must an eternal kingdom without end. It must also be a spiritual kingdom wherein the inhabitants live by the faith of He who loved then and gave Himself for them. He loved these people with an eternal love and they are His Bride as one in Him as He is in the Mountain. He has come forth to make manifest that which is eternal in the fullness of time and He has overcome the world. Herein is the patience and peace of the house hold of the redeemed.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are
in heaven, neither the Son but the Father” (Mark 13:32).
The Father has not called His children to confusion, strife and discord. Natural man seeks to know what God has called a mystery; the mystery of sin, the mystery of the kingdom and the mystery of the gospel. He has given a record of what these are and His Spirit has taught His loved ones the truth, yet the vain babblings of man continue to say this cannot be true. Daniel saw the Bride of Messiah in every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue. He saw the victory in the Anointed One and he understood that the Word of Yehovah God was fixed and sure because the God of Israel cannot change. He saw all this 550 years before it was made manifest upon the earth.
Like the soothsayers and witch-doctors in Babylon, the students of the doctrine of Adam continue to search to find out the mysteries that God said was not known of man. The Spirit has revealed these mysteries in a night vision because the natural man cannot receive such things, neither can he know them. Let the world and her philosophers ramble on in speculation and science falsely called as they seek to know the ways of God. The children of the King rejoice in the fact that His ways are as high above man as the heavens are above the earth.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 1, 2013