Daniel for Today

My husband and I are invited out to dinner with some other couples and I said I’d do the devotional. I love the book of Daniel. There’s no better way to learn than to have to delve into the subject matter in order to teach on it.

I discovered today that the Bible app on my phone has a play button on the Scripture page so I can do dishes and listen to the Bible being read as I work. So nice! So I’m off to do dishes and to listen to Daniel and to think about the questions and insights I want to present at the meeting this evening.

I’m choosing Daniel 1 and 2. My husband said, “Do you know how much detail there is in those two chapters? It’s too much.”

I’m not planning on doing a lot of in-depth stuff. I want to talk about who the countries are that King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about. People try to say that Daniel was written after the fact because the dream interpretation came true exactly as foretold. If God is as all-powerful and as all-knowing as He’s portrayed to be, foretelling the future is nothing for Him. Some people don’t want God to be real because then they’d be forced to consider that His ways may be the way to go, and that doesn’t please their desires.

So, we’ll talk about Daniel tonight, a true historical person, subject to the
king of Babylon as a teenager to conform mostly to Babylonian ways and to serve directly under the king. I love reading the book of Daniel, he was an amazing guy.

He and his friends stayed committed to their culture and to their God despite any hardships that came their way. Often, God gave them miraculous deliveries, but in respectful attitudes they told the king that they knew God could deliver them from the fiery furnace or the lion, but even if He didn’t, they would not obey the king’s edict to defect from their faith.

I intend to learn more about the prophecies concerning the last days in Daniel.

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