Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: July 18, Nebuchadnezzar and the woman at the well…
- Daniel 2:1-4:37
Nebuchadnezzar called for the unthinkable: the one who interpreted his dream must first tell him what the dream was. Nebuchadnezzar wanted to waste no time with lies and betrayal. He held no interest in the greed and attention seeking of those who might try to interpret. He wanted to truth. And the only one whom he would trust was the one who would come already knowing the dream.
Another who came many, many years later had a similar experience with Jesus. The woman came to the well in the day, seeking to draw water. In her own words which she would later proclaim in the streets, the man told her everything she had ever done.
As a result of Daniel telling Nebuchadnezzar both his dream and its interpretation, he proclaimed:
“The king answered and said to Daniel, ‘Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.'” –Daniel 2:47, ESV
As a result of Jesus telling the woman everything she had ever done, she proclaimed:
“So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?'” –John 4:28-29, ESV
The glory of God was revealed in each case; one to praising the God of Israel and another to the town of people who came to see the Christ. In each case, an unbelieving person came in contact with the truth of God. They didn’t need to spill their story, for God already knew it and gave the wisdom to the person who would interact with the person to be saved.
Sometimes those closest to finding Christ challenge us in ways we cannot fathom we could fulfill. This is where the Spirit steps in. Do not recklessly barge into those situations. Stop, seek, and step forward only when the revelation of God meets the seeking heart. For when God takes the lead in telling another’s story to them, it is He who is glorified. Only then should you step into such tenuous territory.