In this vision Daniel sees four monsters representing proud, “invincible” human empires, that are all crushed by God as easily as we would step on a bug. We often speak of the sovereign throne of God, calm and serene above all the chaos in our world. This chapter is an encouraging picture of that very thing.
This is the most famous episode in Daniel’s long career. We should call it Daniel in the angel’s den. Threatened with a gruesome death, Daniel, now an old man near 90, defied the Persian king and kept on praying. What was he praying for? Why did he face Jerusalem when he prayed? How does this story point us to the Greater Daniel?
We have always heard insanity described as doing the same thing over and over, expecting to get a different result. This great chapter gives a much better definition of insanity: thinking I am in control of my life. Or to use another word, pride. How did God cure the great Babylonian king of this? How is it related to grace and the gospel?