Chapter five of Daniel is purposely paired with chapter four, although the events of the two chapters are separated by more than two decades. The Scriptures give much more attention to thematic arrangements than to chronology. The thematic connections between these two chapters will be clear as we consider the content of chapter five.
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This chapter brings the narratives that include Nebuchadnezzar to a climax in a remarkable manner. Even though this king seems culturally far removed from us, his example serves to highlight for us a common human condition.
Narratives of the Bible that may be familiar to us from childhood bear a closer consideration when we are older. The historical accounts that we read in Scripture lead us to consider the spiritual challenges we face, and lead us ultimately to the gospel.
This passage presents the first of several dreams and visions in the book of Daniel. Like Joseph before him, Daniel is a believer who interprets the dream of a pagan ruler. There are several similarities to be seen between Joseph and Daniel, not only in their circumstances, but in their characters. We also see in both narratives an emphasis on the sovereignty of God.
The narrative of chapter two will introduce the first of several significant dreams and visions in the book of Daniel. Before considering the dream, however, we do well to take time to enjoy and learn from the account of the events that lead up to Daniel’s first significant encounter with Nebuchadnezzar.
The opening narrative sets out the major theme for the book of Daniel: the sovereignty of God. It is this truth that forms the center point of the faith and world view of four Hebrew teenagers who must determine how to live in an alien culture. Followers of Christ today need the same center point for our faith and world view, so the book of Daniel has much to teach us.
The book of Daniel is remarkable in a number of ways that become apparent when we give it close attention. Although it has been often misinterpreted, Daniel is a wonderful source of truth that will benefit the honest hearer.
In this sermon series on the interpreting of the various genres of Scripture, Daniel serves as the paradigmatic example of apocalypse. Portions of Daniel and other Old Testament books serve as the background for the New Testament book of Revelation.