Day 29: Daniel

Today we are much more familiar with the first six chapters of Daniel and their graphic stories of lions and fiery furnaces than with the apocalyptic visions of the second half of the book. The New Testament reverses that pattern and refers more often to the visions from chapter seven onwards.

Christians often face pressure to conform or even outright hostility from our world today; we need both halves of Daniel to sustain our faith. The battles which Daniel and his friends endured on the earthly plane inspire us with their realism; the prophetic perspective of the heavenly conflict, complete with beasts and angels, encourages us that more is always happening than we can see with the naked eye.

Central to everything is the glorious Son of Man figure – very human, but so much more than a human: ‘his dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away, and his kingdom in one that will never be destroyed.’ (Daniel 7:14, NIV). As Godfrey Fox Bradby put it in verse:

‘The kingdoms of the world go by

In purple and in gold.

They rise, they flourish and they die

And all their tale is told.

One kingdom only is divine;

One banner triumphs still –

Its king a servant and its sign

A cross upon a hill.’

Simon Scott

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One Response

  1. Thanks for the quote at the end Simon. I like it.

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