Daniel 2 is a remarkable chapter. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that bothered him, and he commanded to have the dream interpreted. He was surrounded by wise men and astrologers, so he knew that if anyone could help them, they would. However, all of them came up short, so Nebuchadnezzar sentenced all the wise men to death including our man Daniel. However, after asking Nebuchadnezzar for an extension with a promise that he would be able to interpret the dream, God came to Daniel and showed him the dream perfectly.
I spent my time on the summary because it is interesting how Daniel was in a perfect position to take credit for this. Nobody would really know, but he was very quick to point out right from the beginning that this was really God working through him.
Dan 2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Dan 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Yesterday we saw that Daniel was a man of principle. He was not the type of guy who would compromise the commands of God just because he had to go along with popular culture. Today we find out that he was also brave enough to speak his faith in a potentially hostile environment. Nebuchadnezzar was obviously not Jewish, so this might not have been a popular place to share his faith. However, he was honest about it. He was straightforward and said that it was God who gave him the vision. Again, I think that we can learn a lot from Daniel.
Welcome to Ezekiel! As a fun bit of trivia, it is the longest book of the Bible that we have left in our journey together.
Chapter 1 starts out with probably what Ezekiel is most well-known for.
Eze 1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.
Eze 1:20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
Eze 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
I think that this is kind of hard to wrap your head around. However, these two wheels most likely appeared to be perpendicular. It would be like a wheel within a wheel, so essentially as they were rotating, it was almost like you had the bare outline of a globe.
There were also the four living creatures who were also going exactly where the spirit was leading them. They did not turn; they took a direct line to where they were being led.
This is a complicated vision, but I want to point out something particularly interesting in verse 20. As I mentioned, the angels were moving by the spirit of God as you will find earlier in the chapter. However, now we understand that these wheels were influenced by the spirit of the angels.
I am not an expert in Biblical prophecy, but it seems that there is a definite connection that we can perceive from God to the angels to the wheels. It also worth pointing out that back in verse 15 that the wheels are on the earth. Perhaps that is an indication that the wheels are representative of motion on earth.
We are going to learn more about this vision, but for now, I think it is important to realize that there is this connection in nature. God is actively involved with His creation. He is not just a giant clockmaker, but He is everything that keeps the world in motion.
Deuteronomy 27 is not a very uplifting chapter. Essentially, it is a list of curses that will be held against people if they commit certain types of offenses. I want to pull out one in particular for you today because I think that there can be a few applications drawn from it.
Deu 27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.
I do have to think that the original intent of this verse was literal. If people cannot see a where they are going, it is not nice or helpful to try to divert them from that path.
However, I can’t help but think about those who are spiritually blind.
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
There are millions of people who are spiritually blind in the world, and I can’t help but think how much worse it is to lead them off of the path. The path I’m referring to is naturally Jesus Christ who is the Way.
As Christians, we are supposed to be guides that help people find God. If people ask us questions, we are supposed to point them towards salvation through the death of Jesus Christ.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Now, if you’re blind, you are surrounded by darkness. You cannot see anything. However, if you were to get your vision back, light would probably be the first thing that hit your eye.
It is not that hard to see how this all fits together. We need to make sure that we are leading people the right way. It is not a good thing to drive people away from God. In fact, when they see the way we live, they should notice that there is something different. Even though this passage is probably talking about literal blindness, we need to consider what we are doing for those who are spiritually blind.