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Daniel 9 and lessons for us
Daniel’s recognition of how God was fulfilling the 70-year prophecy of Jeremiah had a profound effect on him. Daniel 9:3-19 records Daniel’s passionate prayer of confession of national sins and supplication for God’s forgiveness and help.
One of the first lessons to note from this prophecy against Judah is God’s expectation of obedience to His laws. He especially required obedience from the descendants of Abraham, who were later called Israelites and, later still, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah (after the nation split into these two kingdoms). The blessings for obedience and penalties for disobedience found in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 continue for these people.
Sadly, the descendants of the ancient Israelites have continued to disobey God’s laws. And, as happened to the kingdom of Judah during the 70-years prophecy, these people will again be punished by God for their refusal to follow God’s timeless commands.
Another important lesson for us is found in Daniel’s response to the 70-years prophecy of Jeremiah. Just as Daniel, through study of God’s Word, recognized where he was in the timeline of biblical prophecy, Christ admonishes us to discern “the signs of the times” in which we live (Matthew 16:1-3).
“I know the thoughts I think toward you”
Finally, there is one more issue highlighted by this account that bears our attention. This is the wonderful future God had in store for His people after their 70-year captivity in Babylon had elapsed.
In one of the most often quoted passages of Bible, God told the people of Judah: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
This statement was given to the people of Judah while they were in captivity and was meant to provide them with hope and encouragement. But notice carefully the future God anticipated with these people.
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive” (verses 12-14).
God’s expectation was that these people would diligently seek Him and that He would then bless them. God’s desire is the same for all people, including each of us today. He desires to have a similar future with each of us, but we each have to respond to God by loving Him and fulfilling His purpose for our lives.
For additional study, be sure to read the accompanying articles covering subjects and events found in the book of Daniel.