Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 6 - Daniel 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Daniel has another vision in today’s chapter. He sees a goat with one horn that is destroyed by a ram with two-horns. When the goat was at the peak of its power, its single horn was broken, and 4 horns grow in its place.
  • One of those 4 horns is small but grows great and prospers in everything it does, throwing stars down to the earth, stopping the daily sacrifice, and destroying the sanctuary. Daniel is told the vision will be fulfilled in 2,300 evenings and mornings, when the sanctuary will be cleansed.
  • An angel Gabriel appears and tells Daniel that this is a vision about the time of the end. Daniel concludes the chapter by stating how appalled and drained he was by this vision, “for several days” and then he got up and went back to work.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Each of the horns represents a kingdom and the vision tells of a time in the future when one kingdom becomes four kingdoms, but each of them will be less powerful than when they were one. The single horn is a wicked king who leaves devastation in his week but there is a promise that he will be destroyed by God.
  • Even Daniel was confused by this vision, he couldn’t understand what it meant. This didn’t stop him from
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
·       Life can be downright exhausting sometimes. God knows that. What confusing thing is happening in your life today? Is there something that just keeps wearing you down? Today, talk to God about it. Whether it’s a conversation with him in your head, journaling your thoughts and fears, or even talking to him out loud (but maybe not in public), he’s always ready to listen.
·       And don’t forget to check out this weekend’s message about how to persevere through weariness.