Sunday, July 14, 2019

Daniel 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 11. 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 is still experiencing a vision in which a man dressed in golden linen speaks to him. In the previous chapter, he mainly shared encouraging words with Daniel. In this chapter, he provides extremely specific predictions and warnings about what will happen in the future.
  • The predictions line up with specific rulers that would later take power. The "mighty king" in verse 3 is a reference to Alexander The Great. Verses 17 through 20 describe the successors who would turn out to be Alexander The Great's generals, Seleucus Nicator and Ptolemy Soter.
  • Starting in verse 29, the man describes how the rulers will deceive people and trick them into worshipping idols. People who love God the most should resist the orders of the king and stay faithful to God, even though many of them will be killed for doing so.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Later in the Bible, in John 15:18-25, Jesus warns that his followers will be hated by people who do not believe in him. In today's reading, Daniel experienced a vision thousands of years earlier that echoed the same message.
  • We should expect people to exclude us or treat us differently because we're committed to doing life with God. It happened (in violent ways) to God's followers who lived in Daniel's time, and it continues to happen today. It's an honor when we suffer for God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you lost friends or been treated differently by people in your life because you're committed to living life God's way? You're not alone.
  • Ask God to change your perspective about the way you're being treated, and thank him for the opportunity to live life with him.