“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall unto wise counsels: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
In Daniel chapter 1, Daniel and his three companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah spent much time being prepared for what was to come in subsequent chapters. Remember thus far we have learned that preparation time is never wasted time and a man’s gifts will bring him before great men!
At the beginning of chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams which highly troubled him, to the point that he called for his crew of magicians, soothsayers, and astrologers to make the dream known to him.
However, there was a major twist that they were not expecting. He not only asked them to interpret the dream, but also to tell the King the contents of the dream without him telling them! In other words, he asked them an impossible thing!
The entire fleet of magicians, soothsayers, and astrologers, not able to give the King what he desired, were sentenced to death. However, Daniel heard of the decree of death and sought wisely to speak with the man given the charge to carry out the sentence.
After hearing about why the King was so angry and sought in haste to kill everyone in the magic school, Daniel implored of the king some time in which he and his three companions could reveal to the King both the dream and it’s interpretation.
Listen to what Daniel and his three companions did:
“Then Daniel returned to his house and discussed the matter with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, in order that they might seek compassion from the God of heaven regarding this secret, so that Daniel and his companions would not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” (Daniel 2:17,18) AMP
Notice Daniel and the three didn’t run to their books, their scrolls, or rely on their learning in any manner. Instead, they ran to God, the One who can make all things possible, and sought His help, His compassion!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…
The secret was then revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night! What an awesome God we serve!
Joshua Scott Zeitz