“Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.” Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.” Daniel 2:24-25
Once again we see the wisdom and tact of Daniel as he went immediately to Arioch and told him not to destroy the “wise men” because God had revealed to him both the dream and its interpretation. Daniel never heard the Sermon on the Mount, but he knew how to treat his enemies and was willing to rescue the pagan advisers. Since Arioch was in charge of executions, he could stop the process and save the lives of all the king’s counselors in the city of Babylon. Daniel gave Arioch the privilege of taking him into the presence of the king and sharing some of the credit. The statement, “I have found a man” isn’t exactly the truth, because it was Daniel who found Arioch; but Daniel wasn’t the kind of person who worried about who got the credit so long as God got the glory.
Here we have a young boy, no more than 17 or 18 years old, standing before the mightiest Monarch on earth. He was proposing to answer what some of the most brilliant men in the world had not been able to answer. For the first time in Nebuchadnezzar’ life, and for the first time in the empire, one stands at the throne of this mortal, who has Truth. The only truth in the world is the truth that comes from God. When the Lord moves the answer comes. God’s answer in the end is always good for all that is concerned. God’s answer is the only true answer. Daniel had the courage and the faith in God to appear before the king. I don’t know that I would have the courage and the faith in God to do the things that Daniel did. I know in my case I would need to discuss this with God for a while to be sure that this was God’s will. This is a problem that we all have. We need to be prayed up and ready to move when God tells us His direction. I