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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

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In the second year of his reign Nebuchadnezzar had a dream,
He called his magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and Chaldeans to provide an
Unfortunately for them he could not remember what the dream was all about,
So none of the wise men could provide an interpretation.
The Chaldeans told the King that no-one would be able to explain the dream
He knew then unless he could provide them with more information,
For this cause the King was very angry,
And ordered that all the wise men should be put to death7 if they did not provide an
When Daniel heard of this edict he went to see the King,
For he and the other Princes were now included amongst the wise men of the nation,
He told the King that if he was given a little time,
That he would be able to provide an interpretation.
Soon afterwards Daniel returned to the presence of the King,
To report that he had been speaking to Jehovah who was the God of the Jewish
That the details of the King’s dream had been revealed to him,
And that he was now able to reveal the dream and to provide an interpretation.
In the dream you saw a beast with a head of pure gold,
Its shoulders and arms were made of silver, his belly made of brass7
His legs were made of iron, and his feet of iron and clay,
You saw a rock thrown which struck the feet of iron and clay,
Which caused the beast to collapse into complete disarray.
The beast represents the Kingdom of which you are the head,
The head of gold shows the power of the Kingdom in the present day,
But as the value of the metals diminish down to the feet,
So the Kingdom will diminish and slowly pass away.
When this has happened the God of Heaven will set up another Kingdom,
A Kingdom which shall last for ever more,
In the dream God has revealed to you what shall come to pass,
And the dream and the interpretation are sure.
King Nebuchadnezzar fell down on his face and worshipped Daniel,
And ordered that the people should offer him an oblation,
He recognised Daniel’s God as the God of Gods and the Lord of Kings,
And Daniel was recognised as a great man throughout the nation.
Ron Martin

Into the Fiery Furnace



This is a story from a long time ago,
Concerning four Hebrew Princes, Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abed-nego,
They were asked to renounce Jehovah, the God of Israel,
The one in whom they trusted, the one who had served them well.
When Judah had been ruled by Jehoiakim for just three years,
It was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon,
The vessels of the House of God were transported to Shinar,
With this defeat all the treasures of the temple had also gone.
King Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to the Master of the Eunuchs
That certain of the children of Israel and the Royal Princes should be brought to live
in the palace,
They must have no blemish, be skillful in wisdom and cunning in knowledge,
Skilled in science, and able to learn the language of the Babylonian race.
The chosen ones were allocated a daily portion of meat and wine,
For a period of three years they were to receive this allocation,
At the end of that time the King said he would inspect them all
To see if they came up to his expectation.
The four Princes of Judah were included in the chosen few,
They declined to eat the allocated portions of meat and wine,
They said to consume these was against their religion,
And that a diet of pulse and water would suit them fine.
Melzar, the Master of the Eunuchs was afraid of the King,
He knew that if the King was dissatisfied he would lose his head,
But, he agreed that, for a trial period of ten days,
That the Princes could live on the diet they had requested
At the end of the ten-day trial they looked remarkably fit,
Far better than the rest of the young men brought from Israel,
So Melzar the Master of the Eunuchs reluctantly agreed,
They could stay on a diet of pulse and water if they continued to look well.
When they were called by the King for his inspection,
In all matters of wisdom and understanding they were better than the rest,
Including all the magicians, astrologers and wise men,
Without a shadow of doubt they were the very best
.by Ron Martin
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