About this Series
Daniel: God and Government The setting of Daniel is the sixth century B.C. when the Jews are in exile in Babylon. You might wonder what such distant events might have to say to us today. First of all the book of Daniel will help us reflect on God’s rule in our world. It raises issues such as persecution, evil, suffering, power politics and forces us to think about how we are to live as Christians in a hostile world. Sec-ondly Daniel and his friends are models of faithful, wise and courageous men who offer us insights on how we might respond to the temptations and trials that we face. Thirdly, Daniel provides some of the background thinking to what Jesus has to say about the kingdom of God, his identity as “the Son of Man” and the end of the world. So there are many good reasons for reading Daniel. We will do chapters 1-6 in the coming weeks and look at chapters 7-12 over summer.
Daniel 11-12: Future Conflict & Future Hope | David Williams | Daniel 11 and 12 are complicated chapters that focus on a number of different epochs of time. But the panoramic focus in chapter 12 points us towards the hope of resurrection, with perhaps the clearest statement about resurrection in the whole of the Old Testament. From this we learn key lessons about how Christians view history and how Christians respond to suffering.
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