Summary: Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a message that God was giving him about man’s history from his time forward.
Dan 2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
Dan 2:31-35 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness [was] excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof [was] terrible. This image’s head [was] of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a message that God was giving him about man’s history from his time forward.
· There was an idol of a man.
· And the man’s head was made of solid gold.
· The chest and arms were silver.
· The belly and thighs were brass.
· And the legs were iron.
· The fet were iron mixed with clay.
· Notice the qulaity of the metals becomes inferior from the head down to the feet until the feet is made of iron and lcay that do not even mingle and form a solid substance.
God showed man that without Him, man is conceited and proud and has no foundation to satnd upon.
· A golden head represented the kingdom of babylon -- Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom.
· And it also speaks of a conceited humanity.
· But its feet were useless and not a reliable foundation.
· Iron mixed with clay.
· Such an existence of man is conceited and is foundationless, and will only lead to destruction.
Prov 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
We must be concerned with where we stand.
· It is nonsense to have a golden head and a useless foundation.
· Our feet must be proper foundation for us.
· It is not me, my head, that is my greatest concern.
· It is my standing.
· I have to be concerned over what is under my feet, also.
· When the interpretation was given, we read the following about the feet:
Dani 2:41-43 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Who are "they"?
· "They" shall mingle themselves with the seed of men.
· And whoever "they" are, "they" will not cleave with the seed of men.
· The kingdom would be partly strong and partly broken.
"They" are mentioned again later.
· Nebuchadnezzar was given another dream wherein a great tree covered the earth.
· All animals of the earth lodged in the tree.
· But a watcher and a holy one came and commanded the tree to be cut down.
· And it was left with its roots intact.
· And seven times (years) passed over it.
Dani 4:16 Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
And we read this about the interpretation:
Dani 4:20-25 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; Whose leaves [were] fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it [was] meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation: It [is] thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth. And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; This [is] the interpretation, O king, and this [is] the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.