The King’s Dream revealed by Daniel (2:1–49)
A. The king and his pagan advisors (2:1–13)
1. The fear (2:1): The king has a disturbing dream.
2. The frustration (2:2–13): The king is unable to remember his dream.
a. His demand (2:2–4): The king calls for his wise men and commands them to tell him what he has dreamed and what it means.
b. His decree (2:5–13): Because the wise men are unable to do this, they are sentenced to death.
B. The king and God’s prophet (2:14–49)
1. God reveals the dream to Daniel (2:14–23).
a. The request (2:14–16): Daniel learns that he and his three friends are among those to be executed and asks the king for a little more time.
b. The revelation (2:17–19): After Daniel and his friends pray, God tells Daniel the dream and its meaning.
c. The rejoicing (2:20–23): Daniel praises God for his omnipotence and omniscience.
2. Daniel reveals the dream to Nebuchadnezzar (2:24–49).
a. The information (2:24–35)
(1) The statue (2:24–33): The king saw a huge statue with a gold head, silver chest and arms, bronze belly and thighs, iron legs, and feet that are a combination of iron and clay.
(2) The stone (2:34–35): A massive rock was cut out from a mountain by supernatural means. It struck the feet of iron and clay, smashing them to bits so that the whole statue collapsed.
b. The interpretation (2:36–45)
(1) Of the statue (2:36–43): It represents four successive Gentile powers—Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.
(2) Of the stone (2:44–45): It represents God’s kingdom, which will someday destroy pagan power.
c. The elevation (2:46–49): An amazed Nebuchadnezzar worships Daniel and appoints him to be ruler over the entire province of Babylon as well as chief over all his wise men!