I had forgotten this story, I used to have it as an arch book “the braggy king of Babylon”
We’ve now had four chapters of God speaking to the king. What it takes for people to hear God! This time god takes his identity, sending him mad. Then returned it.
Startlingly the first part of the chapter is written by the king, and full of praise to God. He has heard gods voice.
I understand why the dream Daniel interpreted in chapter 2 was so bland. He has the credentials now to tell the king his identity will be stripped and not have the king kill him.
God’s messages to the king have been ever more dramatic… You would think any one would be changed by the furnace miracle in the last chapter. But god has to personally show him who is boss.
And for the Jews in exile it is schadenfreude with a kick back. If they are tempted to cheer god’s demonstration of power over the conquering king, they should be realising that they are being spoken to through adversity as well.