Today you should read: Daniel 9
Vs. 1-2 Daniel had observed from the books of the prophets, primarily Jeremiah, that there would be a time of desolation and calamity for Jerusalem because of the sin of God’s people. You can see the same thing Daniel likely saw in Jeremiah 25:8-14 and 29:10-14. This time of judgment and desolation at the hands of Babylon would last 70 years.
Vs. 3-19 Daniel’s response to what he read was to go before the Lord in a passionate prayer of confession and repentance on behalf of God’s people. He acknowledged the sin of his forefathers and pleaded for the Lord to restore them for the Lord’s glory. Verse 19 is a great summary of the entire prayer:
“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”—Daniel 9:19
Vs. 20-27 There is so much information contained in these verses that it would take multiple pages to cover all of it. So, let me keep it short and sweet.
Daniel’s prayer garnered an immediate response. The Lord spoke to Daniel through the angel Gabriel, who spoke to Daniel some prophecy with some real specific time periods. Contained in Gabriel’s response are prophecies about the coming Messiah. We can look back now and see the remarkable accuracy of the timing of this prophecy. This gives us more evidence of Christ as Messiah.
Ok.What can we do with this passage today? What does it have to do with us? Here are a couple thoughts for application:
1. Pray- Daniel’s example of prayer and confession is admirable. When he learned the reason for Israel’s desolation and judgment, he went to the Lord in repentance and dependence. We can learn a lot from his example. He prayed for his people. He prayed for the city. He prayed for God’s glory. May we be a people who recognize God’s sovereignty and go to Him in dependent prayer and repentance for our city and for His glory.
2. Celebrate– The fact that the prophecy of Daniel about the coming Christ actually happened is something to celebrate. Jesus came to the earth to put an end to sin and make atonement for our iniquity. That’s good news. I don’t want to just celebrate the “idea” that Jesus came and that it makes for a good fairy tale type of story; I want to celebrate the “fact” that this stuff really did happen just as it was prophesied. What a great story! What a great gospel!
Posted by: Rich Duffield