Started in our Daniel this morning. Man, I like coming back to this book! Gotta love Daniel and his resolve not to defile himself with the king’s fare (1:8). Always inspired by his confidence in the calling of his God to take the path less traveled. But as much as the man Daniel stirs me in these opening chapters, it is the God of Daniel who fires up the awe-o-meter. For my God is a revealer of mysteries.
. . . there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries . . . (Daniel 2:28 ESV)
So declares Daniel to the insomniac (and somewhat out-of-whack) king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar has had a disturbing dream and calls his “wise men” to interpret the dream. But he’s a bit paranoid . . . he’s thinking these wise men are more like wise guys . . . charlatans who have been stringing him along. And so, he demands that they interpret the dream without him telling what it is. That they must reveal to him both what he dreamt and what it means.
Impossible, they say. No man on earth can do such a thing . . . no king has ever asked such a thing. Can’t be done! O’ yes it can . . .
Enter the Revealer of Mysteries . . . the One who brings to understanding deep and once hidden secrets. Enter the God of heaven.
Daniel petitions His God, and his God provides revelation to Daniel. Daniel seeks to know the mystery, and his God determines to make known the mystery. And the king’s own awe-o-meter goes nuts!
The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” (Daniel 2:47 ESV)
To the king, through Daniel, God reveals the mystery of a future kingdom that the God of heaven, Himself, will establish . . . a kingdom that will never be destroyed . . . a kingdom that will stand forever (2:44).
And to me, through His Word, through believers who have patiently taught me, and by His Spirit, the Revealer of Mysteries had made known to me a mystery or two as well. The mystery of how a holy God can be both just and the justifier of those contaminated with sin. The mystery of how God Himself entered humanity and offered Himself as the final atoning sacrifice for the transgressions of all men and women. The mystery of how those who once were not the people of God, and who were far removed from the promises of God, can be brought into living relationship with God. The mystery of forgiveness. The mystery of spiritual rebirth. The mystery of having the righteousness of Christ credited to my account. The mystery of grace.
How can it not impact the old awe-o-meter?
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
He removes kings and sets up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
He reveals deep and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with Him.
To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise . . . (Daniel 2:20-23a ESV)
To Him be all glory. Amen?