Two types of Narratives in Daniel (Brueggemann, An Introduction to the Old Testament, p.352):
- Interpretation Story:
- The king has a vision or dream.
- The wise men of his court cannot interpret its meaning.
- The hero emerges and gives the interpretation.
- The hero is awarded.
- The king learns that ht hero’s God is all-powerful.
- Deliverance Story
- The king uses an order that commands Jews to worship an idol.
- The hero or heroes are discovered disobeying.
- The refuse to comply with the order and are prepared for execution
- They are delivered.
- They are rewarded, their enemies punished.
- The king learns that ht hero’s God is all powerful. (P. Davis, 1998, 51-52)
Looking at these assessments, I see this great lesson: Live faithfully in an uncertain world because it is certain that our God is all-powerful.