Jesus Through the Word: Daniel

Monday October 23, 2017
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Week Twenty Four: Daniel
 
Outline
1. History (1-6)
     a) Life in Babylon
     b) Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
     c) Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue
     d) Nebuchadnezzar’s Fall/Redemption
     e) Writing on the Wall
     f) Daniel in the Lions’ Den
2. Vision (7-12)
     a) The Son of Man (7:1-28)
     b) The Ram and Goat (8:1-27)
     c) Daniel’s Prayer (9:1-27)
     d) Vision of an Angelic Messenger (10:1-21)
     e) The Kings of the South and the North (11:1-45)
     f) The End of Days (12:1-13)
 
Themes
Obedience and Holiness
Refusal to Eat the King’s Food (1)
Refusal to Bow to the Statue (3)
Refusal to Be Intimidated (6)
 
The Supremacy of YHWH
“There is a God in Heaven” (2:27ff)
“Servants of the Most High” (3:26ff)
“None can stay His hand” (4:34ff)
“Until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind” (5:21ff)
“He is the living God, enduring forever” (6:25ff)
 
The Temporality of Nations
The Statue of Metal (2)
The Four Beasts (7)
The Medes, Persians, and the Greeks (8)
The Greek Kings (11)
 
The Coming Cosmic Transition
The Mountain Rock (2)
The Son of Man (7)
BC Hierarchy (10) 
 
Where is Jesus?
The Rock (2)
The Fourth Man (3)
The Clouds of Heaven (7 — Matthew 26:64; Revelation 1:7)
The Anointed Man Cut Down (9)
The Man in Linen (10 — Revelation 1)
 
What is this book about?
The first half of Daniel shows us what obedience looks like in the midst of persecution and exile, especially in light of the Lord’s ultimate sovereignty over all nations and kings; the second half points to a coming transition in the cosmos, one which will change things forever.
 
How does it point to Jesus?
Jesus is the faithful Son of Man who not only stands with us in the fire, and shuts the mouths of lions, He is our High King, who has ascended to the throne, and is now building a kingdom of every tribe, people, and language, exercising ultimate dominion and authority over all nations.