Gen 41-42 The OT records two men, Joseph and Daniel, who were given the divine ability to interpret dreams. Both acknowledged that they alone could not interpret dreams but gave glory to God. Joseph wisely asked the butler and the baker, “Don’t interpretations belong to God?” [Gen 40:8] Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…” [Dan 2:28] He further told the king that “no wise men, astrologers, magicians, or diviners can possibly disclose it to the king.” [Dan 2:27] Are we so bold to speak for God when we are in the presence of earthly leaders or friends or acquaintances?
In both cases, the magicians, soothsayers, and wise men were powerless to understand the messages. But, God placed two men who trusted and believed in God Almighty to reveal His plan for one purpose: that they might know there is a God in heaven who is the interpreter of truth. How often does God place someone in our path seeking an answer from pagan sources, and God puts us before them to tell them the truth?
Joseph and Daniel were captives, yet God used them to reveal the needed interpretation to these pagan rulers so that they might be, as Paul said, “without excuse.” [Rom 1:20] Joseph and Daniel gave God honor and glory, and we should do the same.