“Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep was interrupted (Daniel 2:1).” This anecdote, about a king who is disturbed in his sleep and needs someone to interpret his dreams, gives me massive flashbacks to Joseph interpreting for pharaoh, which set him on his rise to power back in Egypt. Several try to interpret for Nebuchadnezzar, but there’s a lot of confusion, and the king is angry. “In view of this, the king was in great wrath and anger and ordered to destroy all the wise men of Babylon (Daniel 2:12).”
Daniel and his friends are part of that category of wise men. Daniel speaks with Arioch, the chief executioner, and finds out that the decree against the wise men is because of dream interpretation fails, so he immediately goes to tell his colleagues and they get a vision from God to help them interpret for the king. “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in the vision of the night; then Daniel blessed the God of heaven (Daniel 2:19).” Arioch brings Daniel to the king so he can share the meaning of the dream. Nebuchadnezzar is blown away, and rewards Daniel extremely. “Then the king elevated Daniel and gave him many great gifts and gave him dominion over all the capital cities of Babylon, and he was the chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon (Daniel 2:48).” So far, so good! This chapter, at least, ends on a high note, though I’m sure there’s much more drama to come.