Nov 14, 2017
Yesterday in Daniel, we heard of the vision of four beasts representing four kingdoms. After the fourth would be the start of the rule of One whose kingdom would last forever. This vision was explained, then Daniel had a second and more detailed vision. It is a major amazing sign of God’s sovereignty over human governments that Alexander the Great is so clearly portrayed, and then the iron kingdom of Rome. Just as certain as these things happened, our Savior’s reign will one day come to earth.
And I have been referring to Daniel 7 all year, to the section where a man came who looked like a ‘human being’ (in the GNT) surrounded by clouds. The words ‘human being’ are literally in Hebrew ‘son of man’, an expression which simply means a normal-looking human being. It is the same title God so frequently used for Ezekiel and which was translated as ‘Mortal man.’ Listen again about this unique Son of Man:
7:14 GNT “He was given authority, honor, and royal power, so that people of all nations, races, and languages would serve him. His authority would last forever and his kingdom would never end.”
There were beautiful verses in yesterday’s reading, too many to review. I choose to highlight verses 2-4:
26:2 GNT Open the city gates and let the faithful nation
the nation whose people do what is right.
3 You, Lord, give perfect peace
to those who keep their purpose firm
and put their trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever;
he will always protect us.
I found it interesting that Israel’s suffering was compared to a woman in childbirth, but unlike a childbirth, Israel produced nothing:
Is. 26:18 GNT We were in pain and agony, but we gave birth to nothing. We have won no victory for our land; we have accomplished nothing.
Israel was supposed to share the knowledge of the Lord with other peoples, but they neglected to do that.
Yesterday we heard of the terrible time of suffering Paul and his companions faced in Macedonia, where he had gone to find Titus. But when Titus came, it brought wonderful joy, because he brought such encouraging news about the Corinthian believers.
2Cor. 8:7 You are so rich in all you have: in [your full belief in Christ//faith], speech, and knowledge, in your eagerness to help and in your love for us. And so we want you to be generous also in this service of love.
Dan. 9:10 We have not obeyed [you, O//the] LORD our God, for we have not followed the instructions [you/he] gave us through his servants the prophets. (Similarly in 13-14.)
13 Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from [you, O//the] LORD our God by turning from our sins and recognizing [your/his] truth.
14 Therefore, [you, Lord have//the LORD has] brought upon us the disaster [you/he] prepared. [You Lord have been//The LORD our God was] right to do all of these things, for we did not obey [you/him].
19 “O Lord, [please hear us//hear]. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, [please] listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”
10:1 In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, [I] Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. [I/He] understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship.
2Cor. 8:20 We are [going to be] traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift.