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Series: Courageous Living in Chaotic Times
Today, we begin a series on the book of Daniel that I am calling, "Courageous Living in Chaotic Times." Perhaps you're asking, "Why study the book of Daniel?" That's a legitimate question, so I want to provide you three reasons. First, Daniel's situation parallels our own. For most of his life, Daniel lived as part of a believing minority in a pagan majority. From the time he was a teenager until he died in his eighties, he served under a series of pagan kings. He never had the luxury of living in a nation surrounded by people who shared his beliefs. From his story we will draw many useful principles as we attempt to live for Christ in a world filled with people who don't share our faith. Second, Daniel's prophecies may soon be fulfilled. This book is filled with dreams, visions, and prophecies about the end times. We will discover an amazing correlation between the words of Daniel and life in the 21st century. Robert Macfarlane once said, "The church speaks the language of the End, so that we will know just how high the stakes are in the present." I like to keep the end-times before us so that we live with a sense of urgency. Finally, Daniel's God is our God too-and He is still on the throne. The theme of the book of Daniel is: God is large and in charge! He is in charge of nations, families, and individuals. He is in charge of the past, the present, and the future. He is in charge of good times and bad times. There is nothing that happens in the world or in your life apart from God. Studying the book of Daniel ought to increase your confidence in the sovereignty of a God who makes no mistakes.
Act 1: Judah's captivity (1:1-2). With that said, the book of Daniel begins with what appears to be a tragic mistake on God's part: "In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it." The Lo ...
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