A TELLER OF DREAMS
HE REVEALETH THE DEEP AND SECRET THINGS: HE KNOWETH WHAT IS IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE LIGHT DWELLETH WITH HIM. I THANK THEE, AND PRAISE THEE, O THOU GOD OF MY FATHERS, WHO HAST GIVEN ME WISDOM AND MIGHT, AND HAST MADE KNOWN UNTO ME NOW WHAT WE DESIRED OF THEE: FOR THOU HAST NOW MADE KNOWN UNTO US THE KING'S MATTER.
The Bible is full of much grand and glorious imagery. On page after page of the Holy Writ we see the truth of GOD unfolded before us not just in the plain words which are spoken but also in the types and foreshadows, which colorfully illustrate the revealed truth of the LORD of glory. We must guard our selves against building doctrines from these images which are sometimes obscure to say the least, but we can be and are blessed by them as they undergird sound doctrine. We keep in mind as well that the LORD taught much in parables which were designed to convey truth to those whose understanding HE intended, and to cause confusion among those who would not and could not see. (see Matt.13:13-
No true imagery or type revealed in the Scripture will ever contradict sound doctrine nor will they magnify any one but the LORD JESUS CHRIST. These illustrations are given for the express purpose of exalting HIS name and portraying the work of redemption which HE has accomplished.
Quite often, truth is hidden in these types and foreshadows from the eyes of those who think that they can grasp the truth of GOD through human understanding. The Bible is always literally true in the message GOD intends to portray through it but everything in the Bible is not to be taken literally. Rolfe Barnard said it like this, “The Bible doesn’t always mean what it says, but it always means what it means”. For instance, much of the book of the Revelation is not intended to be taken at face value but requires an understanding which only GOD can give in order to plumb its depths and grasp its message. It is somewhat disconcerting to hear those, who demand a strict literal translation of all of the scripture, depart from their own mantra when they begin to explain the images contained in this particular book or even the book of Daniel which is before us. We are not interested in taking flights of fancy with the scripture but pray that we may be given eyes to see and behold the truth that is hidden in every line and page of the blessed Holy Book.
King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a troubling dream which none of his astrologers nor magicians would attempt to interpret unless he told them what the dream was. He refused saying that if they could interpret the dream they should also be able to tell him what the dream was. They were astounded and dismayed as they realized their lack of power to do as the king demanded. He commanded that all of the “wise men” be put to death. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were all a part of this group. When Daniel heard why they were condemned he came before the king and said he would attempt to tell the king his dream and the interpretation of it. As Daniel is a teller of dreams we seem him as a type of “gospel preacher”. (see Dan.chap 2)