There's more to Daniel than just a lion's den.

January 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm 1 comment

I started a new Bible study last September.  The topic of the study is the book of Daniel.  The video study – presented by Beth Moore – is structured to be a 12-week study, but my small group chose to meet every other week due to schedules and we are still working through the book.

Before this study, the only thing I knew about Daniel (vaguely) was that he had spent some time in a lion’s den, and that God had protected him from harm.  Oh, and there was that story about Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego and something about a fiery furnace.  Other than that, I went into this study a blank slate.  My only preconceived notion about Daniel was that it was a part of the Old Testament, so how relevant and interesting could it really be?

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Did you know the book of Daniel is actually action-adventure?  Not only does it include prophecy about the bigwigs of Daniel’s day – kings Nebuchadnezzar & Belshazzar really get their comeuppance from God – but it is also a book about the end times.  When we think about books of the Bible that talk about the end of days, our first thought is most likely of Revelation.  Revelation was written by John (the apostle, not the baptist) after Jesus lived and died and rose again. John witnessed the glory of Jesus firsthand and that was no doubt an influence on his visions described in Revelation.

The astonishing thing about Daniel is that it was written more than 400 years before God sent His Son to earth.  Daniel was given visions about the end of times, including the AntiChrist, the tribulation, and the state of the world.  As a devout Hebrew, surely he was well-versed in the scriptures that prophesied of the Savior, but Daniel never viewed with his own eyes the Son of Man.  He had never sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to Him talk of the day when He would gather His people to Him to take them home.

All Daniel had was an unshakeable faith in God.  The same God that had let Daniel be taken to his home and exiled to Babylon, where he served a procession of corrupt kings for more than eight decades.  The same God that had saved Daniel from the threat of death by evil men multiple times.  The same God that rewarded him with visions of things to come, both on earth and in heaven.

The study has made me take a look around me at the Babylon we live in today.  I wonder if Daniel’s visions are soon come to pass; many things point to the end of days coming soon.  And I wonder if we won’t soon meet Daniel, who has already met the Heavenly Lion.

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  • 1. Danica  |  January 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Amy- Have to say I’m loving the blog-even if you did start it out of jealousy! HA! HA! If you ever get bored and would like to hear some of my mindless chatter go to http://www.sothisislife-danica.blogspot.com

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