Daniel 9:3 Settle This First

Daniel 9:3 (KJV)
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

There are reasons to set our face to the Lord in prayer.

Daniel began his prayer where I think we have lost it in prayer so often today. We don’t see ourselves as unworthy. Rather, our culture has taught us to see ourselves as deserving:

  • We deserve a new car
  • We deserve the best things
  • We deserve a nice vacation
  • We deserve to be happy
  • We deserve a living wage
  • We deserve a good cup of coffee and, in most people’s opinion,
  • We deserve for God to answer our prayers the way we want

Truth is, we don’t deserve anything. 

The very best of us (remember, Daniel is one of the very best of us we have record of) have sins to confess. As Daniel expresses it, 

Daniel 9:5-6 (KJV)
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

I know we have reasons to set our face to the Lord in prayer. But I call believers everywhere first to stay in the presence of God until we have settled this in our hearts, 

Daniel 9:7 (KJV)
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

We are a mess these days because, while most Christians would say these words with their mouth, we don’t believe it in our hearts.

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Daniel 7:28 Keep It To Yourself

Daniel 7:28 (KJV)
Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

Daniel has received a vision that troubled him, I think, for a number of reasons:

  • It was ominous to say the least
  • Its fulfillment would be disastrous to the world
  • It seemed like there was little he could do about it 
  • It was only one of a number of similar visions he was to receive

Then he said this vision troubled him so much that his countenance changed. It made a visible impression upon his appearance. But he said that he kept the matter in his heart. 

There is a lesson here for all of us that experience troubling and difficult things. 

  • Some of us are troubled by the circumstances life throws at us. 
  • Some are troubled at the terrible news we hear about the condition of the world
  • Some are troubled at thoughts of a failing economy 
  • Some are rightly troubled at the turning away from God we see today

What do we do about our troubled thoughts?

  • Many people break down in fear and panic. 
  • Others dump their troubles on others.
  • Some these days vent over social media. 

Daniel did, I think, three things:

First, he wrote it out
This was not the typical vent of today’s generation. He was reporting what God had given him for the benefit of others. Venting is for the benefit of the venter. It can be toxic to those upon whom it falls. What Daniel did was beneficial to those who heard and read. 

Secondly, he prayed
And in prayer God gave him the meaning of the vision. Sometimes knowing why there is trouble helps us get through a troublesome time. 

Thirdly, he kept the matter in his heart
Far from venting, he did the very opposite. He kept it to himself. He did not panic or explode in anger. He kept the matter in his heart. 

I know people say it’s okay to “get it out”. They tell us it’s unhealthy to keep our burdens locked inside. God says just the opposite. Take it to God, find answers from heaven, use those answers to help others. But keep your venting to yourself. 

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Daniel 6:5 They May As Well Be Atheists

Daniel 6:5 (KJV)
Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

The fact is this world, its governments and many of those in its leadership, are opposed to faith in God and His law. A man might be the very best of citizens but, if he is a man of true faith, it will at some point be used against him. 

This in no way means we should avoid public service as some of our Anabaptist forefathers did (and some still do today). God used Daniel and his friends in high public office. (Though it was not by their choice but thrust upon them.) Thank God our country allows that Christians may be and have been placed in positions of high public office.

Here’s the thing, Daniel never compromised his faith in order to gain or to keep his office. If we would be used of God, if we would escape the den of lions, we must have leaders whose confidence is in God and who therefore obey His law first. We don’t need compromising Christians in office. We need Christians of conviction in those places or they may as well be atheists. 

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Daniel 6:5 They May As Well Be Atheists

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Daniel 3:4-6 Nebuchadnezzar and God

Daniel 3:4-6 (KJV)
Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

It seems to me that there is a progression in Nebuchadnezzar’s understanding and relationship with the God of Israel. 

Chapter two

  • Daniel’s God is a God of gods
  • He is the God who speaks
  • He was God of the future 

Nebuchadnezzar could be proud to be in God’s plan. 

Chapter three

  • There is no other God like Daniel’s God
  • He is the God who saves
  • He is the God of governments

Nebuchadnezzar learned he could not overpower this God

Chapter four

  • He is the king of heaven
  • He is the God of the heart and soul

Nebuchadnezzar learned to humble himself before Him and to give Him praise. 

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Daniel 1:8 Purpose, Petition, Prove

Daniel 1:8 (KJV)
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Daniel purposed in his heart
He could not purpose in his flesh. He could not choose to refuse the food. He was not in control. Sometimes, though we have no choice in our flesh, we can choose in our heart. For instance, the bed ridden have no choice whether they can be in the house of God physically. They can choose in their heart that they desire to be there. 

Daniel petitioned the prince
In this case the prince is no picture of God, but in our case we may consider that, regardless of our circumstances, we can pray. We naught not be in a position to do anything else, and if we are, we ought to do it, but we can pray. No circumstance can stop that. 

Daniel proved himself
He asked and received permission to do in the flesh what he desired in the heart to do. The Christian should expect to be and welcome proving. If, for instance, we say we wish we could be in church, then we ought to make every effort to be there. Obviously some things are of such a nature that it makes it impossible. Difficult is not impossible. If difficult prevents us then we never really purposed in our heart. 

(I beg the reader not to stop at my illustration of church attendance. This could apply to scores of things: Bible study, witnessing, tithing, working, dedication to family – you name it.)

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Daniel 11:1-2 God’s Angelic Brigade

Daniel 11:1-2 (KJV) Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. The angel claims to have come for two purposes: To strengthen and confirm God’s plan This being God’s plan that Israel be returned to the Promised Land according to the decree of Cyrus. This would require:
  • Confirming the decision in the mind of Cyrus (and subsequently Darius)
  • Quenching the attempts of others to distract Cyrus from his decision and
  • Urging the Jews, who had grown complacent in Babylon to return and rebuild.
To show Daniel the truth The truth is the Word of God as the Holy Spirit of God illuminates it. No work is so needful than that God’s Word be revealed to us. Having God’s Word is a blessing but it requires the teaching ministry of the Spirit to show us the truth in it. God’s angelic brigade can be confidently assumed to do these same ministries for all praying saints:
  • Strengthening and confirming His will for them and
  • Showing them the truth in God’s Word
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Daniel 11:1-2 God’s Angelic Brigade

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Daniel 9:4 Our Stay in Trouble

Daniel 9:4 (KJV)
And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

Daniel’s prayer weaves two key principles repeatedly together:
That God is righteous
Regardless of the difficulties men experience because of His plans, He is righteous.

That we have sinned
And thus, deserve whatever is the hardship of that plan. God promises that His intentions are good toward us and not evil.[1] In times of difficulty that must be our stay.

This dichotomy of thought divides the sheep from the goats. Those who hear the voice of God accept his will as righteous and good. Those who refuse his voice reject the premise of Daniel’s prayer.

[1] Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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Daniel 9:4 Our Stay in Trouble

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Daniel 8:26 I Trust Christ

Daniel 8:26 (KJV)
And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

It happens that my daily visit with God took me to Daniel 7-8 and Matthew 24. The passages are obviously connected. They are all part of the Word of God. In this case they all cover the same subject, the end of earthly Kingdoms.

Daniel 8 ends on this note, “…it shall be for many days.” None of us knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will return. Though there are details given, we can’t be sure exactly what they mean because they have been “shut up.”

What we do know is that things on earth will get much worse before they get much better. We also know that, before the terrible Tribulation, the saints of God will be rescued from the earth to receive their reward.

I don’t know when the end will be but I do know what the end will be.

I trust Christ.

 

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Daniel 5:22 Judgment Comes in Both Cases

Daniel 5:22 (KJV)
And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

The first five books of Daniel are all about his role as a wise man (counselor).

  • Chapter six is about Daniel as a politician.
  • Chapter seven and following is Daniel as a prophet.

As counselor we find him interpreting three dreams. The third is for Belshazzar. It is remarkable because of the difference in attitude of Daniel towards Belshazzar compared to Nebuchadnezzar.

The former is the one who took him into slavery.
Daniel holds no ill will against him and even demonstrates love for him. A man can have affection even for leaders who do wrong so long as they are humble and learning.

The later was fully aware of God’s hand on Nebuchadnezzar.
However he did not learn from it but rejected and acted against that hand of God. In this case Daniel had no tender feelings. He pronounced strict judgment.

There is a difference between the one whose wicked actions are based in ignorance and the one who knows full well how wicked his actions are. Judgment comes in both cases. But one is a discipline of love, meant to convert. The other is a judgment of wrath poured out finally upon the reprobate.

 

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Daniel 4:36 Christianity – An Act of Faith

Daniel 4:36 (KJV)
At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

This was all orchestrated by God.

  • God pronounced the sentence.
  • God executed the sentence and it had to have been
  • God who protected his kingdom until the end of the sentence.

I notice that the king lifted up his eyes to heaven before his reason returned.

Christianity is not an academic decision. It is an act of faith.

It is after we have acted on our faith that God gives us reason.

 

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