v 28. But all these things did happen to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel was the man in place to tell the King the meaning of his dream. The King himself was terrified by what he saw – ‘But one night I had a dream that frightened me; I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed.‘ Daniel probably wished the ground would open up under him when he realised what it all meant, and what plan God had for the King. Difficult though the message might be, Daniel was direct and to the point, making the King aware of what God planned for him. His advice was remarkably straight too, considering how Nebuchadnezzar might have reacted to it. ‘‘King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.”
Not much of a message to pass on to someone so powerful – and also as arrogant as he was. His reaction in verse 30 speaks volumes doesn’t it! ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendour. ‘ At which point Daniel’s dire warning is fulfilled and the King falls off the high peak of power and arrogance and into the shadowy valley of madness.
Did Daniel sometimes wonder if he had got the message wrong – it took a year to be fulfilled; and did Nebuchadnezzar sometimes think he had got away with it? What did Nebuchadnezzar do next – well we know the answer to that! Go back to the first two verses in the chapter where you will discover that the whole of this episode was written down by no less than Nebuchadnezzar himself and sent in an open letter to every part of the Empire so that everybody would know how great God is. It is a letter of testimony to God’s goodness in restoring his sanity once his arrogance had been dealt with. What a testimony it is too!