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October 9, Sunday

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Until You Know — God knows how to bring down the proud.  Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar was a slow learner.  After God revealed the king’s dream to Daniel, he acknowledged Yahweh as “God of gods” (2:47).  He had also seen God miraculously rescue the three Hebrews from the fiery furnace.  Yet the king still thought that he was in full control of himself and his kingdom.  God said He would discipline him, “until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men” (4:32).  That is God’s reason for disciplining us as well.  We go astray because we have taken our eyes off of God, and He will often apply pain of some kind in order to wake us up and turn us back to Him.  God is our Ruler as well as our Creator.  After Nebuchadnezzar’s seven-year disciplining period, he “praised and honored him who lives forever” (v. 34).  Honor was restored to the God of heaven.

Restore, O Lord, the Honor of Your Name – YouTube

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October 10, Monday

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Though You Knew — Like King Nebuchadnezzar, King Belshazzar was also a slow learner.  After Daniel reviewed Nebuchadnezzar’s punishing period because of his pride and not honoring God, he figuratively pointed his finger at Belshazzar, saying, “you … have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this” (v. 22).  Belshazzar was well aware of God’s discipline, but he did not fear it.  He knew that “the Lord of heaven” had caused all of this, but he blatantly desecrated the vessels from Yahweh’s temple by drinking wine from them at his party (v. 23).  God didn’t give him a 7-year lesson in humility, but “Immediately the fingers of a human hand” literally wrote His verdict on the wall in front of all his guests.  Its interpretation was that “you have been … found wanting” (v. 27).  Not only was his sentence immediate, but its execution also followed “that very night” (v. 30).  God is often patient toward those who are ignorant, but punishing toward those who know better.  James wrote much later to us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). 

Day By Day – YouTube

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October 11, Tuesday

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God, Whom You Serve Continually — King Darius had been tricked by his jealous leaders into signing a decree that forbade the worship of any god but the king for 30 days (Dan. 6:7).  So, the king considered himself to be a god, worthy of worship!  But he also had great respect for Daniel, who continued to worship Yahweh openly.  Twice, the king referred to “your God, whom you serve continually” (vv. 16, 20).  Since the new law could not be changed, the king spent a miserable night in his palace, while Daniel spent a peaceful night in the lions’ den.  Do you ever get into trouble for doing what is pleasing to God?  Maybe you have lost friends because you dared to share the gospel with them.  They, too, might be tossing in their beds because of conviction, while you have peace with God because of obedience.  Our responsibility is to serve God continually, even when it might seem threatening.

Dare to Be a Daniel! – YouTube

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October 12, Wednesday

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Father and Son — These two visions, given to Daniel, picture a future heavenly scene in which the opponents of God will be judged.  Two divine personages are presented.  The first vision showed the white-haired “Ancient of Days” (v. 9), seated on a fiery chariot-throne and ready for judgment.  An innumerable crowd “served him … [and] stood before him” (v. 10).  It is a picture of greatness, purity, power, and authority.  That “Ancient of Days” represents God the Father.  The second vision showed God the Son as “one like a son of man” (v. 13), who came “with the clouds of heaven” (v. 13).  Jesus often called Himself “the Son of Man,” identifying with this Person in Daniel’s vision.  When Jesus stood before the Sanhedrin, the high priest challenged Him, “tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” (Matt. 26:63).  Jesus’ affirmative answer looked back to this vision of Daniel: “…you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (v. 64).  The high priest called Jesus’ statement blasphemy (v. 65) because He was clearly claiming to be the Son of God.  The “Ancient of Days” and the “son of man” are now in heaven, awaiting our coming to join the crowd.

Ancient of Days – YouTube

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October 13, Thursday

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Why Forgive? — Daniel knew that the 70-year exile predicted by Jeremiah was almost completed.  Because God promised it, it would happen.  Why didn’t Daniel just passively wait for it to happen?  Instead, he made this long prayer of confession and plea for mercy.  Perhaps the reason was that God was waiting for this attitude change of recognition and confession of sin to begin His restoration of Jerusalem and the temple.  In his prayer, Daniel offered three reasons why God should forgive them.  They all had to do with God’s character.  First, Daniel’s prayer was based on “God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love” (v. 4).  God had made a loving commitment to Moses to restore Israel after they would sin against Him and be punished (Lev. 26:40-42).  God would not completely forsake them.  God has also promised us that “I will never leave you nor will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).  Secondly, Daniel’s prayer was made because of this: “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness” (Dan. 9:9).  He knew that God was merciful as well as just.  His discipline is restorative.  He is motivated by mercy and is willing to forgive.  When we are brought through painful experiences because of our sinful attitudes or actions, the purpose is to bring us back to the Lord who loves us.  The third basis for Daniel’s prayer was God’s reputation.  Twice Daniel prayed that God’s restoration of Israel would be “for your own sake” (vv. 17, 18).  Israel’s surrounding nations had come to believe that Yahweh was not strong enough or enduring enough to keep His people in the Promised Land.  To bring them back after 70 years and re-establish them as a nation would restore God’s image of power and love.  When we pray to ask God for something, we should look for how His answer could bring glory to His name.

To God Be The Glory – YouTube

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October 14, Friday

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Stirred Up to Go — God creates history.  We see here that God moved the hearts of believers and unbelievers alike to accomplish His purposes.  First, “the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia … to build him a house in Jerusalem” (vv. 1-2).  The king somehow understood that Yahweh had placed him at the head of a vast empire and wanted him to rebuild the temple (v. 2).  Perhaps someone had shown him the prophecy of Isaiah, written 150 years earlier: “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him” (Isa. 45:1).  God was finished with the punishing discipline of His people and He was directing history to bring them back to Judah as He had promised.  The second time in this passage that God moved hearts was with His own people, “…the heads of the fathers’ houses … and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD” (Ezra 1:5).  God used King Cyrus to open the door, and He used the Jewish leaders to begin the march.  God is not finished with stirring the hearts of people.  We can all look back in our own histories to see God’s hand guiding us through impressions and desires He placed in our hearts.  We are being led by His gentle, influencing hand.  Listen when He stirs you!

Change My Heart, Oh God – YouTube

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October 15, Saturday

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Putting God First — Yesterday, we read in Ezra 1:5 about “everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD.”  In today’s reading, we see that although they did go to Jerusalem, they said, “the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD” (Hag. 1:2).  The prophet Haggai rebuked them for not putting God’s interests first, focusing instead on their own crops and houses.  How does God respond to the selfishness of His people?  He takes away some of what we have by putting holes in our pockets (v. 6).  There are many Christians today, having failed to learn that lesson, who do not return to God even 10% of what He has allowed them to earn.  That is selfishness—not putting God first.  We need to honor God with our income and with our time, giving to God what He deserves from us.

Give of Your Best to the Master – YouTube

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