So Much Hokum

Daniel 2:27-30

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,  but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:  To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.  But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.

I have always looked at mediums, palm readers, fortune tellers, psychics, clairvoyants, etc., with extreme skepticism.

I find all of them no matter how famous or infamous to be nothing more that sideshow carnival hucksters.  The ones who achieve prominence are just better showmen and businessmen.

The biggest reason I have no belief in any of these types is that they use this so called “gift” for one thing and one thing only, profit.

If someone truly possessed such a gift as they profess to have, the last thing on their mind would be how can I make some money using my gift.  Anyone with such a gift would understand that it is a gift to be quietly shared with those in need. I would expect this gifted person to have developed an understanding of the purpose of this gift just as Daniel has demonstrated in these verses.

Daniel doesn’t ask for a fee up front.  Daniel doesn’t have any sidemen wandering through the audience prepping him with information.  Daniel has no “star” billing.

Daniel was about to be killed with the rest of the “wise men” in Babylon because none of King Nebuchadnezzar’s enchanters, magicians or astrologers could tell Nebuchadnezzar not only what his dream meant,  but he wouldn’t even tell them what he dreamed.  So not only did they have to interpret a dream to his satisfaction they had to tell him what he dreamed. Pretty shrewd wasn’t it.

But God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel.

Daniel could have said, “King I got it.  I’m the only one who got it, so give me whatever I want because I’m so cool, powerful, smart and clairvoyant.”  And Nebuchadnezzar would have done it in a heartbeat that’s how badly he wanted to know what his dream meant.

But Daniel does none of that.

Daniel realizes he has been spared by God and given this gift by God.  Daniel gives credit where credit is due.

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,  but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:  To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.  But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.

Daniel knows if God is to grant Daniel any rewards the rewards will be to serve God and the rewards will be the results of righteous living.  Daniel knows if he stands up and takes credit God’s grace will be withdrawn and his next vision will be that of the executioner.

Sorry all you paranormal freaks and geeks out there I just don’t believe in all your hokum.

Truly such a gift from God would not be used for cable TV ratings.

Daniel tells the King his exact dream and the interpretation of the dream.  He is promoted to ruler of the entire province of Babylon and gets to appoint his friends as his assistance who do all the work while Daniel hangs with the King.

As far as all the enchanters, magicians and astrologers, I’m pretty sure they end up dead.

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