Studies in Daniel – Chapter 7

Daniel in the Lion's Den

Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

Chapter 7

Daniel 7:16-18, 26-27

See also: Phil. 2:11; Mark 13:7; Rev. 17:11-14; Ps. 32:13-16; Dan. 2:41-42; I Cor. 15:24-28

C-O-U-R-T

Confligration of beasts v. 3 These beasts represent the warring leaders.

Outflanking by each v. 5 In Daniel’s day the Babaylonians are succeeded by the Medes, and they are succeeded by the Persians.

Unbridled eleventh king, v. 7, v. 24 After the ten Caesars a ruler comes to wreak havoc on Israel.

Repudiation of the 11th king v. 13, 26 This rulers is a  merciless ruler.  He disrupts the worship of God, but it leads to his downfall.

Trancendency of God’s Kingdom v. 14, 27 In spite of being devastated, God’s temple and God’s worship are restored.

Exemplary story:  Abe Lincoln put stock in a recurring dream that he would be assassinated, and his telling of the dream to his wife or his cabinet members was disturbing.  Nonetheless, his dream came to pass.  He was assassinated.

Historical note:  During the life of Daniel there were three world empire in succession: Babylon, Mede, Persia.  Following these was the conquest of Alexander the Great.  Upon his death his 4 generals divided the world of Greece.  Then came the 10 Caesars of Rome.   And later there were three powerful kings to follow of Lombards, Ravenna, and Rome.  Remember these numbers in succession representing empires and world leaders: 3, 1, 4, 10, 1, and 3.

Studies in Daniel — Chapter 4

Prophet Daniel in Augsburg Cathedral

Prophet Daniel in Augsburg Cathedral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daniel 4:28-37

See also: Prov. 16:18; 2 Peter 3:3-4; 2 Sam. 1:19; Ps 91:9-10; Is. 26:3; Mk. 5:15

ANGST

Arrogance  v. 30 Nebuchadnezzar forgot to praise.

Negligence v. 29 Nebuchadnezzar forgot the dream.

God v. 31 God was true to God’s word and punished his prideful behavior.

Stultification v. 23 The king lived a dog’s live.

Therapy v. 34-35 The Spa of nature and God’s praise brought Nebuchadnezzar back.

Exemplary Story: Oliver Sacks wrote The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.  He lived through a nightmare and later told his experience.  Likewise Nebuchadnezzar lived through his breakdown and in the end he gave his praise to a God who restores.  Praise is a wonderful way to live beyond angst.