Nebuchadnezzar demanded that his advisors not only interpret his dream, but tell him what the dream was about. While this was impossible for humans, the God Daniel worshipped is able to reveal mysteries, and He empowered His servant to fulfill the king’s request. In this message, Alistair Begg explains that the main point of the dream is that all of human history is under God’s control. A believer’s ultimate security is in the promise Daniel conveyed and Jesus fulfilled: an everlasting Kingdom that supplants all earthly realms and overcomes death.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is familiar, but behind it lies the age-old conflict between men in rebellion against God and those who submit to His rule. Alistair Begg explains that the three men responded in faith because they were convinced that God had spoken, that He meant what He said, and that they could commit themselves to His care. God is able to deliver His people, and we must not compromise even if the cost is our lives.
Although they were captives in Babylon, Daniel and his friends submitted to their captors through changes in location, education, and even their names. When required to surrender the dietary practices that marked them as God’s own people, however, they resisted. As Alistair Begg leads us through this passage, we see that it provides not so much a strategy to cope with trying times, but comfort and encouragement to be faithful. The focus of the story is not Daniel, but the God that he worshipped.
The Apostle Paul concluded his final letter with messages to and about his colleagues and friends. Within these personal remarks, Alistair Begg identifies three principles we can apply today: the ordinary experiences of our lives are vehicles for God’s Providence; believers need gospel partnerships to grow in their faith and to function as a local congregation; and when in God’s time we are separated from our brethren, we do so graciously and with grace.