Among Men

Maybe it’s the English teacher in me, but I get goosebumps when I run across dramatic irony in the Bible—those moments when I know more than the people in the story do about the very story they’re living. This is one of those moments:

In the book of Daniel, chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar asks his sorcerers and magicians to interpret his dream—without, by the way, recounting it— and they say,

"What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”

The sorcerers are a little bit right. God hasn’t been living among them (probably because He wasn’t invited). But, little do they know, He’s recently come to town, walking amidst the shackled men and women of Israel.

There is a God who lives among men. And Nebuchadnezzar is about to meet Him.

God said to the Israelites, “I will put my dwelling place among you.”

John said about Jesus: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

And Paul said to the Ephesian Christians: “In him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”