“I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” (Genesis 41:15)
A holy man is held against his will in a hostile land, keeps his faith, loves God, and rises to power by interpreting dreams. Sound Familiar? When you study Daniel you cannot help but notice the similarities between him and Joseph (Genesis 37-50). They were both taken from their homes at an early age; they were both taken to the king’s court; they both remained faithful to their God; they both encountered opposition; they both interpreted dreams; they both rose to a position of great power; neither had the opportunity to return to their home land.
Like Joseph, Daniel is about how God’s people are supposed to survive, and even prosper, in an alien land. It’s about how they keep their special identity when a society wants to erase it. And it’s about how God’s people must find strength in small groups.
I am already excited about chapter 3, the story of the fiery furnace. Don’t wait till Sunday — read ahead!