Daniel 7:16 Ask

Daniel 7:16 (KJV)
I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

Daniel received visions, prophecy, which for the believer today would translate into reading the prophetical passages of the Bible and hearing messages on prophetic passages. Daniel said his visions troubled him. He didn’t understand them. There were elements of the visions that were beyond his immediate comprehension. So, the Bible says he “came near to one of them” … and asked. 

I wish we practiced this more. 

  • When we read in our Bibles and don’t understand, ask. 
  • When a message is preached but we don’t understand it, ask
  • When an action is taken and we don’t understand why, ask

Ask the Lord first. In very many cases those things that trouble us can be resolved simply by spending sufficient time alone with God. Sometimes all we do when we pray is ask God for permission to react the way we want to. Sometimes our time of prayer is only so we can justify our own actions by saying we prayed about it. I mean pray until God answers. 

Ask your pastor, or whoever was the teacher whose message you did not understand. He will likely have a number of people to speak to. Don’t expect you can take all his time. But feel free to ask. 

Ask instead of joining in. When people are troubled about a thing and begin to react negatively, don’t join in. Be quick to assume the best and be willing to accept the answer. Just as God won’t always give you the answer you wanted and just as some passages of the Bible won’t become immediately clear, you may not receive an answer why a thing was done and you might not agree with the answer you receive. But you can still, if your heart is right, accept that the action was well-intentioned. 

Ask. 

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Daniel 6:18 The Sort of Fasting

Daniel 6:18 (KJV)
Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

It is important I think to remember that Darius was not a godly man. He was however a friend of Daniel and likely his practice of fasting would have been learned from Daniel. It is therefore instructive concerning the practice of fasting. 

First, this fast was not even a full day
I can imagine a whole night spent without food. Fasting isn’t as much about not eating (though that would certainly be an element) as it is about spirit and purpose.

Second there was no music
The king didn’t make time go by quickly through entertainment. The same drive that prevented eating prevented such entertainment. 

Thirdly there was no sleep
The burden of his soul was so powerful it kept him from eating, entertainment, and sleep 

My understanding of this fast then is that the primary element is not what was skipped but what it contained, a burden. There was fervency and heartfelt concern. 

That sort of fasting (and prayer) is effectual. 

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Daniel 3:30 Before the Promotion

Daniel 3:30 (KJV)
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

There’s no question this promotion was a huge blessing. But we must remember that it didn’t just “drop down out of heaven.” Before they were promoted, 

There was a test from worldliness 
Why the king came up with the idea of the statue, why he used it the way he did, and why there were certain Chaldeans watching to see if the Jews would bow can only be explained by Satan.

There was a test of faith
Imagine how difficult it would have been just to say No to the king. But to know that it could be life-threatening, oh, the test of faith!

There was a sentence of death
God delivered them in a miraculous manner. He can do that. Or He can deliver in a manner not seen as a miracle. Or He may choose not to deliver at all.

Then there was the promotion 
Once you’ve gone through the former you might have reason to expect the latter. 

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Daniel 1:5 Three Years

Daniel 1:5 (KJV)
And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

We understand that the three years of nourishment is an all-inclusive thing. The king had selected young men who already, “… in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace,…”

They had proven themselves to this point. These three years would be their “college education” so to speak. For three years they would be:

  • Well fed
  • Well kept and
  • Well instructed

It is interesting to me that the Biblical model for advanced education seems to be three years. 

  • It is Daniel and his friends
  • It is Jesús and the Apostles
  • It is Paul alone in the desert with the Lord

At one time the average Baptist preacher had a three-year education. My understanding is that it was modeled after the Biblical pattern. It seems to me that advancing beyond that is more of a worldly model. It is given to producing arrogance and elitist thinking. Whenever we Baptists do it, I think it is an effort to “keep up with the Jones’s” of high society and of very little real value to the cause of Christ. 

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Acts 19:5 They Were Baptized

Acts 19:5 (KJV)
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

I know there will be some who take umbrage at my saying Apostle Paul was a Baptist, or rather, an Anabaptist.

Here’s my reasoning. The term anabaptist, “rebaptizer,” is a derogatory term applied to those Christians who refused to yoke with Constantine’s early catholic church. They further took the step of refusing that any baptisms, regardless of the mode, of the catholic churches, was a Scriptural baptism. Any coming from those churches, upon a sound profession of faith, was baptized scripturally under the authority of what the Anabaptists would have insisted is a scriptural church. 

We see Paul, in this instance, meet a group of baptized people. Call that a church, albeit an unscriptural one. Paul, upon examining their faith, determined: 

First that they were not saved 
This based on the false teaching they had received.

Second that they were not baptized
Though they had experienced a religious ritual similar to baptism, it was not scriptural therefore was not true baptism. 

I commend Apostle Paul for giving them the true gospel and then leading them to true baptism (whether he was the one who baptized we do not know. He may have left the actual performance of it to one of his team.) I also commend these brethren for the humility to hear the Word of God more perfectly and to embrace it so fully that they received the Holy Ghost and submitted to believers’ baptism. 

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Ezekiel 47:9 Where Life Is

Ezekiel 47:9 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

There is no question in my mind that this passage has to do with a future Temple, either in the Millennial Kingdom or else the eternal one. (I think both are referenced at different points.) I am interested in the healing effects of the waters. Everything, “whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.”

Everything:

  • Trees
  • Fruit
  • Fishes
  • Fishermen

The point is that this water springs from the Temple. Life comes from the touch of God. Just as the trees find life in the waters of a nearby river and fishes find life in the fresh flowing waters into their habitat so in eternity all life finds its life flowing from God. 

The same is a truth today. Life, real life, abundant life springs from God and springs from Him as He is found in His house. Those who dwell in the house of God can become like an ever-growing river, bringing life wherever they are found. Those whose relationship with God is outside His house tend to drain life rather than refreshing it from those they touch. 

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Acts 17:2 His Manner Was

Acts 17:2 (KJV)
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

As his manner was. 

Paul had some “habits” or prescribed manners of doing the work of witnessing. It appears that this was his manner when he was in the eastern cultures and it was his manner when he moved into the western cultures. 

  • It was his manner when he was in a metropolitan area, and it was his manner when he was in a rural area
  • It was his manner when he was in a religious area, and it was his manner when he was in an intellectual area
  • It was his manner when it was a successful strategy, and it was his manner when it failed to be successful 

Apostle Paul’s manner of ministry was based upon the Word of God and not the preferences of his audience. He did not adjust his methods to match his surroundings. He stuck with a manner of ministry that he began with and stayed with that manner until the end. 

We would do well to learn from him. 

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Acts 16:6-7 Strait and Narrow

Acts 16:6-7 (KJV)
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

That they were forbidden to go to Asia and Bithynia does not mean that God had no interest in those nations. We must not forget that Paul was not the only Apostle. Tradition places other Apostles in Babylon, India, and even China. God not only has a commission for us but a location for us. Far too often Christians assume they can be anywhere so long as they do what they are supposed to. If God has indeed fitted us for a church, then finding that church and fitting there ought to be a priority. 

The Holy Ghost did reveal Apostle Paul’s next duty station. But it wasn’t an easy one. We must never assume that the will of God is the easiest path. The strait[1] and narrow road is often uphill and rocky. Narrow tells me that there are few options on this path.

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[1] I did check again to make sure I am correct. Matthew 7:14, it is the strait gate, not the straight gate. It is not the shortest distance between two points, but a passage that is often difficult and dangerous.

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Ezekiel 41:6 Two Coins, Same Pocket

Ezekiel 41:6 (KJV)
And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.

Any number of commentators admit the Ezekiel chapters 40-48 are the most difficult of the Bible. We find here Ezekiel’s description of the prophetic temple. This was meant to encourage those captive Jews of God’s grand intentions for them. They need not fear God had forsaken them. He had plans bigger than anything they had before known. These were, of course, not fulfilled in the second temple or even in Herod’s temple. This is a vision of eternity. 

I am intrigued by the phrase, “that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.” These were walls that held on to something other than the temple walls. They run parallel to the temple walls, but they are not connected to them. 

God has another work that is related to the work He does with the Jews. It runs alongside His plans for the Jews, but it is not the same as His plans for the Jews. Israel and the church are not two sides of the same coin. Israel and the church are two coins in God’s same pocket. They are related. They are in some ways similar. But one does not replace the other. 

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Acts 14:17 God Did All This

Acts 14:17 (KJV)
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

The Apostle addresses here a group of pagans. These are people used to worshipping idols and intent on giving that worship, through sacrifices, to Paul and Barnabas.

First, they plead for them to stop 
They claimed they came to preach that they should turn from these vanities. 

Second, they answered an anticipated objection 
They had worshipped these “vanities” for generations and had never been the worse for it. The answer to the objection was that God had suffered them to walk in their own ways

Third, they told them any good they had experienced had been from God and not their vanities 

  • It was God who did them good. 
  • It was God who gave them rain. 
  • It was God who gave them fruitful seasons. And 
  • It was God who filled their hearts with food and gladness.

God did all of this for a witness. Consider it and you will see, anything good that has happened in your life has been because God has been merciful to you and not because good things and gladness come from vain idols, wickedness or worldliness. 

Turn from them to God. 

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