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1. Were you ever told a big secret? How did you feel? Did you have to keep it “secret”, or could you share it with others?
2. Recall when you shaped clay people, or made sand castles or snowmen. Did it work? What or who destroyed your creation?
3. What Messiah-like action by Daniel save the day for the other wise men (verse 24)?
4. As Daniel unlocks the meaning of the king’s dream, how does he put other wise men in their place (verse 27; as did Joseph in Genesis 41:16)?
5. How does he picture the large statue? How does Daniel put the king in his place (verses 36 – 39)? The other kingdoms in their place (verses 39 – 45)?
6. How does Daniel testify to God by name (verses 28, 37, 44, 45)?
7. How does the king honor Daniel and his God (verses 46 – 49)? How does Daniel in turn share the wealth and give God his due?
8. The word “interpret” appears 30 times in this Aramaic section of Daniel (chapters 2 – 7). Why is it so decisive to interpret God’s mysteries?
9. In what time frame do you place the kingdom of God as prophesied by Daniel?
10. In the face of seemingly weak church influence and strong secular and military forces, how does the promised kingdom-rule encourage you?
11. What signs of the end times does this passage encourage you to look for? In what sense are you a sign of God’s kingly rule in your life?
12. What unstable “iron and clay” unions do you see in our broken world? Which do you feel more like these days: iron or clay? Why?
13. This polytheistic king (Nebuchadnezzar) falls prostrate in public, but confesses the true God only as “your God”. The prophet Isaiah predicted many such kings will likewise bow down before God’s people. The apostle Paul points to that time at Christ’s return, when “every knee shall bow . . . and every tongue confess that Jesus . . . is Lord” (Philippians 2:10, 11). What would it mean for you to make or reaffirm that confession today?