This coming Sunday our church will conclude a 10 week study of the book of Daniel. At times before and during our series I wondered if I was crazy for choosing to preach through this book! However, I believe God has intended to deeply edify our church through the magnificent challenges of its chapters. Let me list a few of the benefits that I believe preaching Daniel has provided (or will provide) to our church, by the grace of the Lord and the power of the Spirit.
- We are learning not to be afraid of difficult sections of Scripture. Even when we can’t understand every detail, there is sufficient clarity even in the hardest passages, to thrill our soul with the character of and purposes of God in Christ.
- We are learning that God is absolutely sovereign over the kingdoms of earth. Whether we face assimilation temptations, a furnace, a lion’s den, or oppressive persecutions over the decades of our pilgrimage, Daniel helps us remember that God is on the throne and all kingdoms and kings are in his hand.
- We are learning to think in terms of eternity. In our fast-paced, drive-through, online culture a steady diet of looking to the eternal kingdom is a needed antidote to the craving for instant pleasure and control.
- We are learning that we, too, are exiles from our homeland, but that God loves his exiled people and promises that one day the exile will end. In the meantime, we can endure with faith, do good to those around us, and trust the perfect timing of our God.
- We are learning of the Biblical glory of Matthew 4:17 – “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” and Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- We are learning to pray with Daniel and repeat the prayer of John. Amen, come again soon, Lord Jesus. Confirm the book of Daniel and return on the clouds of heaven. Bring in the new heavens and new earth so that evil kingdoms are no more. And raise us with you to see your glory forever.
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