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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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 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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