When thrust into the harsh reality of being exiled under the rule of foreign nations, Daniel finds a way to remain steadfast and unwavering in his allegiance to the Lord while eagerly praying and awaiting the fulfillment of God’s promises.
When most of us think of Daniel in the Bible, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the story about Daniel in the lion’s den or maybe even the story of how his three friends were protected by God in the fiery furnace. And that is great because those are two very powerful demonstrations of God’s miraculous power that also exemplify His faithfulness to protect those who have put their trust in Him.
However, one should not forget that the book of Daniel is far more than those two amazing miracles.
The book starts of with a very young Daniel, (most likely a teenager) taken captive by the Babylonians and ends with Daniel being in his old years (most likely in his eighties) who prays and begins to see the fulfillment of the restoration of Jerusalem.
And even though we are given only partial glimpses into what happens in between, there is so much more packed into these short 12 chapters.
It narrates how even when all hope is gone, the people of God can still hold on to the everlasting truth about God and continue to worship Him above in the most uncompromising manner even when threatened with the possibility of death.
It shows how God’s speaks not only to His people but also to the pagan nations who have no idea of His almighty power but yet when confronted with God’s truth they have no choice but to acknowledge His greatness and exalt Him.
We also see the importance of tracking with God’s promises and eagerly waiting for the fulfillment of them, praying for them to come to pass such that even the heavenly realms are affected. And we see God revealing the future events to those who wait on Him and His presence.
And to try and capture the entirety of what is transpiring in the book of Daniel against the historical timeline, I did some reading piece together the below chart help you get a quick view of how the events of the book, the various encounters with God and the historical timeline all stack up against each other. Hope this helps you as well as you delve into the book of Daniel.
Weekly Reading Plan
And now here is the weekly plan for you to read through the book of Daniel.
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- Read Hebrews 11: 33-34. Even though these verses do you mention Daniel and his friends by name, think about how they would match some of the qualities mentioned here.
- Read Acts 5:29 and Peter’s declaration on whom they should obey. What co-relations do you see between this and how Daniel and his friends chose God over the human authorities.
- Read Psalm 82-84
And that is it for week 29!
Happy Bible Learning!